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Like everything in life, windows have a lifespan. Custom made, high quality windows can be expected to last at least 20 years, if not longer, provided they have been properly maintained over the years. The type and style of window can also play a role in how long the window will last.

The lifespan of timber windows could vary greatly from that of aluminium windows and sash windows will differ from casement windows. This means that there are no set rules as to when you should replace your windows. So, how do you know if your windows have reached the end of their lifespan and what can you do about it. 

The advantages of investing in good quality window replacement

The cost of replacement windows can vary greatly and will be influenced by the type of window, the style of the window, the quality of the product, the window installation costs and the type of glazing. But it is worth doing the job properly as good quality windows can be a major home improvement and can make your property more energy-efficient, reduce your carbon footprint, save you money on your heating bills and significantly increase the value of your property. A low-quality product, on the other hand, will reduce the curb appeal and value of your property, making it harder to sell. Nobody will pay a premium for a house with rotting, cracked timber window frames or ugly yellow uPVC windows. 

When you decide to replace your windows, buy the best quality that you can afford and pay a good, reputable window company to install them. Poor quality windows that are badly installed can lead to a whole host of problems. Replacing old, tired windows with badly installed, low-quality new windows, even if they are double glazed, will not get rid of a draught problem, moisture leaks or damp and living in a cold house, damp house can lead to health issues and sleepless nights. Heat loss can also send your energy bill through the roof and have a negative impact on your carbon footprint. Good quality windows will also have a far longer lifespan than low-quality windows and, depending on how long you intend to live in your home, will mean that you may only have to do the job once. 

Clear signs that it’s time for new windows

The most obvious sign that you need new windows is visible damage. Timber window frames can warp, rot and crack over time and low quality uPVC windows will start to yellow as they age.  But not all damage is clearly visible, and you may have to do a little more investigating to find out if it is time to replace those tired old windows. 

  • There are a number of factors that you need to be on the lookout for and one of the first signs that your windows need replacing is a draught. If there is constantly a draught in your house and all the windows and doors are closed, you need to check around the frames for airflow. 
  • Leaks around your window frames are also a clear indication that the seals have rotted or have been damaged and that it is time to replace the windows. If the noise from outside is distracting and easy to hear indoors, this can also be a sign that your windows are warped or that they no longer fit or seal properly. 
  • If your windows don’t function correctly and are difficult to open or close and get stuck easily then you need to consider putting in new ones. 
  • Condensation on the inside of the windows, especially first thing in the morning, is also a clear sign that you have a problem. 
  • If your house is expensive to heat relative to its size, then putting in new windows could make your home more energy-efficient
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