Just like everything in life your windows and doors will age and become less efficient over time, good quality windows should be able to stand the test of time but it's important to remember that nothing lasts forever. Double glazing can stop working and will need to be replaced if you want to keep your home toasty and stop cold air and drafts coming in.
How often should windows be replaced?
The typical lifetime of double glazed windows is around 20 years but this varies depending on factors within your home and the quality of the installation and materials used. It's important to make sure that your windows are up to scratch as good quality energy efficient ones help to keep your home warmer and quieter as well as reducing heating bills. The type of windows you choose play a huge factor in how long they last, uPVC windows and doors are known for their strength and longevity.
At Safestyle we offer a 10 year guarantee on all our products as standard. We guarantee to repair or replace any faults with your windows and doors for a whole 10 years after they have been installed. As the nation’s largest fitter with over 20 years experience, we're confident that we’ll be around in another 10 years to fulfil that promise.
Top Signs that it's time to replace your windows
They're letting in drafts and cold air
This is a major sign that your windows are not performing efficiently and it's time to start thinking about replacing them. If you have single pane glass then it's really worth upgrading to double glazing which will keep out more drafts and cold air so that your home can stay warmer for longer. Double glazing can fail and become less efficient the older it is, if you can feel drafts around your window frames it could mean that a seal in or around the window has failed and is no longer working correctly.
Your windows have to endure a lot so it's to be expected that you will see a little wear and tear from time to time. General marks and scuffs are nothing to worry about and can easily be wiped clean and removed. If your window frames are rotting or cracked however, they should be replaced as it could be causing serious damage to your home. Mould and damp very often form when the windows are cracked and not insulating your home properly. Curb appeal sells houses so having unsightly frames that are rotting can not only cause damage to your home but it can also reduce the value of a property.
Condensation is one of the most common problems that affects the performance of double glazing and it can cause real problems in your home. If you're noticing that condensation is gathering on the inside facing glass it suggests a ventilation issue and installing higher quality windows can help to reduce the condensation. The biggest issue with condensation is when it forms between the two panes of glass; this shows that your double glazing has failed and it will not be keeping your home as warm as it should so will need to be replaced. You can read more about how condensation affects your windows here.
You've noticed that your carpets and furniture are fading
Modern windows often come with built in UV protection which helps to block out the sun's incoming rays that can cause items within your home to fade. If you have single pane or older windows it's likely that they could causing damage to carpets, furniture, artwork and other surfaces by exposing your home to ultraviolet rays.
Your windows are not opening and closing properly
Windows that are stiff and difficult to open or close can be really annoying and shows that your windows are not performing as well as they should be. If your windows are shutting by themselves or sticking then it is worth thinking about getting them replaced as they can be a huge inconvenience as well as a health and safety hazard.
If you want to eliminate draughts, keep your home nice and warm, and reduce your energy bills our 'A' rated windows are recommended by The Energy Savings Trust and can be a perfect addition to your home. Click here to request a free quote appointment.