Window Replacement
Let's Be Clear: Is it Time for Replacement Windows?
by Shannon Dauphin
If it ain't broke, don't fix it...right? That's not true with windows. Your home windows can deteriorate without showing obvious signs. These handy tips will help you decide if replacement windows are in order.
Do Your Provide a Blast of Cool Air and Noise?

Do you hear too much outside noise? Are your windows drafty? House windows with inadequate insulation can let in those blasts of air, and single pane glass might not be enough to dull the sounds from outside. Consider replacement with double pane windows, and of course, insulated windows are highly recommended.


Are Things a Bit Frosty?
A buildup of frost on your windows indicates a problem with insulation or air flow. When air moves from hot to cold, it causes condensation--and that condensation is what makes your windows fog up and ice over. If the glass is feeling frosty, it's time for new windows. Consider energy efficient windows and heavily insulated windows when you're ready to make replacements.
Use the Flashlight Trick
Step outside the house at night and point a flashlight at the window frame. Does someone in the house see the light coming through the seal? If your insulating seal is deteriorating enough to let light through, it's definitely time for replacement windows.


Options for Replacement Windows
Your options for replacement windows are as unique as your home. Here are a few of the more popular options:
  • Energy Efficient Windows. Windows that conserve energy are great for lowering utility bills, and could qualify you for an energy-efficient tax break.
  • Vinyl Windows. Strong and durable, vinyl windows are a popular choice among those who want to beautify their home for a reasonable cost.
  • Glass Block Windows. If you want light and a view but don't need the extra ventilation of opening a window, glass block windows are a reasonable bet--and they are easy to install yourself.
  • Double Pane Windows. For the best in noise reduction, double pane windows are the way to go. They also provide a good boost to your energy savings.

 Have fun exploring the options for replacement windows--and bask in the new, clear view from a more energy-efficient home.

About the Author:
Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.
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