Ick! When you look at any house-- and especially your own home-- you don't want to feel repulsed. You might not think that a window can be ugly. After all, what's a window but glass in a frame, right? Wrong! Your windows have the potential to add to the pleasing aesthetics of your exterior...or they can be the main reason why the outside of your home is utterly unattractive.
1. Whether it's a cloudiness in the corner or one that obscures most of the glass, foggy windows are irritating and unattractive. No matter how painstakingly you clean the window, the "fog" does not go away because this window problem is often the result of a broken seal. Foggy windows not only look ugly, they prevent you from seeing the beauty outside too.
2. When moisture builds up between the glass panes or around the glass, mold and mildew can form at the sill and frame. Not only are mold and mildew really ugly, they're unhealthy too! Some people put a drapery panel in front of a window like this and keep it concealed. This is only hiding from a problem that could be triggering allergies and other health concerns.
3. Windows aren't necessarily ugly just because they're old. If a home is historic, an old window may be exactly what gives it charm. However, outdated windows are just out of style and often drafty, single pane windows with storm windows added. Worse yet, some older windows require extensive upkeep just so that they go up and down properly and many old windows are inefficient and leaky too. This negatively affects your comfort and your heating and cooling costs. That's definitely ugly!
4. Some people take on replacing the windows in their home as a DIY project. They go to a big box home improvement store and purchase standard sized windows and then install them. Frequently, the results are windows that just don't fit right. Unsightly gaps that have to be filled with a lot of caulk or covered with extra siding and they stand out like a sore thumb and that is unattractive.
No matter what the architectural style your home is, you want the overall look of the exterior to be pleasing to the eye. This amps up curb appeal and welcomes your guests. It's that much more wonderful to come home at the end of the day to a house with gorgeous windows!
Here are suggestions for how to give your ugly windows a makeover:
Replace Rotted Wood Trim
Because of moisture and water damage, you may have to remove rotted trim and maybe even the sheet rock and the framing too. This can be a tricky job because you can't always see the extent of the damage until you get started. After you are certain you've replaced all affected areas, install new trim and stain or paint it to match your exterior.
Clean Mold From Frame
Scrape, Sand And Refinish Wood Windows
To keep your older wood windows looking beautiful, you'll need to periodically scrape, sand and refinish or paint the frames and grilles. This is time consuming work and will improve the appearance of your wood windows dramatically.
Install replacement windows
Assess whether or not the cost, time and energy it will take to keep your existing windows looking gorgeous is worth it. Some old and ugly windows are simply beyond repair. Your best solution may be to install replacement windows in your home. The good news is there are so many varieties of windows-- shape, style and even color-- that you can choose Renewal by Andersen windows that complement your home perfectly.
And because we understand how daunting it can seem to choose the right replacement windows, trained design consultants are available to come to your home and to inspect your windows, offer you information you can really use and help you envision what you're looking for.
Contact Mr. Rogers for an in home consultation and a representative will contact you promptly to set up a free appointment at your convenience.