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While we all wish they could, the truth is your home’s windows and doors won’t last indefinitely — at least not in good working order.
Your windows and doors will likely deteriorate beyond repair at some point during your time in your home (especially if you’ve been there for a few decades). Your best move is to replace them, rather than wasting time and money repairing them.
You’re getting a shiver
If your house feels colder or warmer than usual, the problem may be with your windows or doors. As they age and become more worn, they can become less tightly sealed than they once were; this allows unwanted air in, while also allowing the warm or cold air circulating through your house to escape. If you’re experiencing temperature fluctuations, take some time to feel around your windows and doors to see if you can feel the air making its way through them.
Your utility bill has been rising
The weaker the seals on your windows and doors are, the more outside air enters your home. Of course, this can be physically uncomfortable, and it can also be costly to your wallet. This is because it takes more energy to heat or cool your home to maintain the desired indoor temperature. You’ll have more control over your home’s interior temperature if you replace your windows and doors. And this control will likely come at a lower cost than the rising bills you’ve been paying to your energy providers.
Outside noise is intruding
When your windows are closed, but you can still hear a lot of noise from outside such as cars driving by or birds tweeting, it’s a sign that your windows aren’t providing enough acoustic insulation. As soon as your replacements are installed, you’ll likely notice an instant (and pleasant) difference.
They’re ruined and unattractive to look at
If your doors and windows are no longer appealing due to deterioration, chipped paint, water stains, or other factors that reduce their aesthetic appeal, a replacement or upgrade will make your house more comfortable (and assist in boosting its resale value).
It’s difficult to open or close them
It might be time for a replacement if you’re having trouble opening or closing your doors and windows, or if they won’t stay open when you want them to. You may have become accustomed to attempting to push a warped door to open or close completely, or to hold up a portion of a window to keep it open, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Without much work or effort on your part, doors and windows should open and close — and stay that way. After all, opening and closing are two of the most critical jobs they do!
The appearance of a door may frequently tell you whether it needs to be replaced. This is particularly true with wooden doors, but metal and fiberglass doors can also exhibit signs of wear. Warping, paint splitting, and peeling are the first indicators. While you can cover up these flaws with paint or wood stain, the fact remains that the door has aged.
Your doors are subject to daily abuse, and their functionality deteriorates as their appearance deteriorates. If you discover that it isn’t as functional as it once was, get a replacement door.
You should also become aware of any breezes or sudden temperature changes near your doors, particularly those facing outside. Doors and windows should seal to insulate the internal climate from the outside. Of course, over time, the sealant material around your doors degrades, allowing drafts to enter and lower the interior temperature.
As a result, if you feel more draftiness emanating from some of your doors or windows, consider getting them replaced by your experts at Capital Comfort who can present you with high-quality options.
Finally, one of the most telling signs that your doors need to be replaced is they don’t close or lock properly. This suggests a potential threat to your family’s safety and security, as well as your possessions. A door’s primary function is to enable or prohibit entry to the interior of your home.
If any door in your home doesn’t close tightly (and appears loose even after you’ve closed it), it may no longer be functional enough to safeguard the space it provides access to.
Have you decided it’s time to replace your windows and doors? Capital Comfort Windows and Doors will gladly come to your home for a free consultation and estimate. Visit us online or call us at (613) 317-3922 today.