When to Replace Windows and Doors

Does your home need new windows and doors? With fall in full swing and winter right around the corner, now’s the time to make sure your home is properly insulated.

Keeping windows and doors in working order is essential for every homeowner, and checking them from time to time should be taken into consideration. This is especially the case if you plan on selling your home one day.

“If you are selling your home or considering selling it in the near future and have older, inefficient or poorly operating windows, it is a good time to replace them,” said Michal Bohm, founder of BM Windows in San Diego. “Home buyers are increasingly drawn to homes with energy efficient upgrades like new windows and doors.”

So, how do you tell if you need new windows or doors? There are a variety of factors, some more obvious than others.

When to Replace Your Windows

Are you wondering if you need new windows? As your home ages, so too does everything inside and outside of it. From the floorboards in your living room to the shingles on your roof, you will find yourself repairing or replacing a lot of things around your home as time goes by. Windows are no exception. Much like your roof, constant exposure to sunlight and weather takes its toll on your home’s windows. Windows are expensive – an investment really – and should only be replaced when absolutely necessary. Repairing them is often the smarter way to go, unless you have a personal preference or notice a few of these telltale signs:

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Windows

single-pane windows

Old single-pane windows lack proper insulation and lead to energy loss.

You’re looking for something new: After all, it’s your home. If you don’t like the look of your home’s windows then replace them.

Your energy bill has skyrocketed: Older homes that have single-pane windows lack proper insulation, causing your air conditioning or heating to work harder. To save money and keep those drafts from coming in, opt for double or triple-pane windows.

“If you notice air coming in from the seams of your windows, it is a good indicator that you’re wasting a lot of energy on regulating the temperature in your home, only for it to be lost,” said Larry Greene, president of Case Design/Remodeling in Indianapolis. “If this is happening, it is a sign that it’s time to consider replacement. Not only will you have better insulation, you’ll also get more noise insulation as well.”

There’s visible damage: Cracks, rotting or water stains on or around the window.

You want peace and quiet: If your windows are closed but you’re still hearing outside noise, they’re not providing the acoustic insulation you’re seeking.

Opening and closing them is difficult: This can be caused by many things, including the buildup of dirt, dust and debris, a spring that is too tight or a problem with the roller system.

When to Replace Your Exterior Doors

The front door is the focal point of the home. It can either make or break your home’s curb appeal. According to Michal Bohm, founder of BM Windows in San Diego, “home buyers are increasingly drawn to homes with energy efficient upgrades like new windows and doors From picking the right color to choosing the right door knocker, learn how a front door can transform your home.

Signs It’s Time for an Exterior Door Replacement

water damaged door

Water damage to your exterior door is a sign that it’s time for a new one.

Your curb appeal is lacking: If your door is outdated or has visible dings and dents, consider upgrading to new fiberglass or steel that not only looks good but increases your home’s ROI.

You feel a draft: Replace your front door if you need to place a towel under it to keep the cold air from coming in.

It’s hard to open and shut: You need a reliable door that doesn’t stick when you try to open or close it.

It’s weathered or cracked: The last thing you want is for outside elements to enter your home.

You don’t feel safe: If you don’t feel safe in your own home, invest in a stronger door that is more resistant to forced entry.

“If your door is older and somewhat dilapidated, you may want to consider a new door for security reasons,” said Phil Eby, president and owner of Eby Exteriors. Older, flimsy doors can often be kicked in or pried open rather easily. Deadbolts can be added, but if the frame is cheap and the door structure isn’t very solid the deadbolt won’t do too much.”

Now that you know when to replace your windows and doors, check out our Exceedingly Comprehensive Guide to DIY Home Improvement for remodeling and renovation tips. Leave us a comment below with your suggestions, comments or questions.