Are you thinking about replacing your windows? You can learn a lot about their condition by taking a closer look. Check out the list below to see if your windows just need a little TLC, or if it’s time to think about replacing them altogether.
If a window becomes difficult to open and close, it could mean that it’s parts need to be replaced or that the frame is worn out. But it might also just need a good cleaning! If you have a casement window, try oiling and cleaning it’s moving parts. If you have a sliding or gliding window, look for debris in the track and vacuum any dirt and residue you can get to. If you’ve replaced the weatherstripping in your aging windows, make sure it’s seated properly and wipe it down to see if the window operates more smoothly.
If you’re still having problems, it might be time to think about an upgrade. All the windows from Mr. Rogers are extremely easy to clean, and guaranteed for life. Check out our video gallery to learn more about just how easy it is to maintain our selection of windows.
Your Windows Are Drafty or Leaking
If you’re getting a lot of drafts from your existing windows, it could mean there’s a problem with the panes themselves, or the seals that surround them. This goes for leaks, too. If water is collecting in the tracks of your windows, check the seals and surrounding area, and make sure that water from your roof or gutter isn’t getting in around the top.
Next check the glass in your windows to make sure there isn’t any obvious damage like holes or cracks. If that looks okay, look for gaps between the seals and check out the weather stripping. While weather stripping can be replaced, taking the DIY route might be a bit of a “Band-Aid” solution.
If you see cracks or gaps between the frame and the surrounding wall, you likely have a much bigger problem. This likely means your windows are old and damaged, or it could even be indicative of a greater structural problem.
The Seals in Your Windows Are Broken
Condensation forming on your windows isn’t necessarily a problem! It’s normal for some condensation to form along the edges of your windows if there’s extra moisture in your home from a hot shower or cooking, or during the winter months when there is a big difference in the temperature of the air inside and outside your home.
However, if condensation is forming between the panes of glass in your existing window, it might mean that the window’s seal has broken. The condensation you’re seeing is due to a leak, and your windows aren’t insulating your home as well as they should be. If this is the case, you’ll need to get the window pane professionally replaced. If you’re seeing this problem in a lot of your windows, it might be time to consider upgrading them throughout your home.
Your Windows’ Frames Are Swelling
Swelling frames often occur in older windows with wood frames. If your window is difficult to operate and it isn’t due to debris in the track or faulty hardware, it could be because your frames are beginning to warp. This often occurs in humid environments, and unfortunately there isn’t a quick and easy fix for this problem.
The windows from Mr. Rogers are all made from a patented composite material called FIBREX®. It’s made from reclaimed wood fibers and vinyl, giving the great look of wood windows with all the benefits and ease of maintenance of vinyl frames. Learn more about what makes FIBREX® windows a great replacement for your aging wooden windows!
Replacement Windows from Mr. Rogers
A quick cleaning, some light maintenance, or a simple repair might be all you need to get your windows back in shape. However, if you’re thinking about replacing your windows altogether, please reach out to representative at Mr. Rogers Windows and Doors. We’ve offered replacement windows in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and surrounding areas since 1986, and we’d love to show you what makes our products and services the best in the area. Give us a call or use our online form to schedule a free in-home consultation today.