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5 Reasons to Replace your Windows

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September 27, 2016 by JELD-WEN

Homeowners often ask, when is it time to replace the windows in their home? Here are some tips on window replacement to help guide the decision making process.

Carpenters nailing and installing flashing around window frame

Homeowners often ask, when is it time to replace the windows in their home?

1. Leaks and Drafts

One symptom of older or ill-functioning windows is air leaks and drafts in the home. Not only can drafts be a source of discomfort, as they can allow unwanted cool or warm air into the home, they also can increase the cost of utility bills. New windows installed properly will create an air-tight atmosphere in the home for increased comfort and energy savings.

2. Curb Appeal

Curb appeal refers to the perceived value of a home as influenced by visible exterior elements. Front facing windows, which appear old and worn-down, can prevent a home from reaching its curb appeal potential. Features like coloured brickmould, simulated divided lites (SDL) or custom wood window designs can drastically increase the curb appeal of a home, increasing its value and overall appeal.

3. Wood Rot

Many homeowners love the classic look of traditional wood windows, but if they are half a century old they can begin to have problems with wood rot. Wood rot refers to damage caused by moisture coming into contact with wooden windowsills and frames. Often going unnoticed until it is too late, wood rot can spread and cause significant damage to a home. See the JELD-WEN Siteline collection for new, classic-looking wood windows that are built with AuraLast® to resist rot and water damage.

4. Function

You shouldn’t have to break a sweat opening the windows in your home. One problem with older windows is that they tend to lose their operability over time. There’s nothing worse than a slider or hung-style window that gets stuck, or a rusty crank handle on a casement or awning window that won’t turn. New windows give homeowners the gift of smooth and easy operation.

5. Energy Efficiency

One of the most popular reasons homeowners upgrade their windows is to increase the energy efficiency of their home. As the 2016 ENERGY STAR window and door manufacturer of the year, JELD-WEN products are guaranteed to add energy efficiency to any home.

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