5 Signs that it’s Time for Window Replacement

window replacementAs a homeowner, sometimes it’s obvious that it is time to replace your windows. The real question is, how to know if your house needs window replacement or if they can just be repaired? 

Now, with the average number of windows per house being 22, we completely understand the cost concern when it comes to repair vs. replace. It is important to point out that at Acceptance Window & Doors, we do our best to make you aware of all of your options, and if you need several windows replaced but need to do so one at a time, we will make that happen.

Minor issues related to weather-stripping or hardware are fine to consider a repair, but keep in mind that the fix will only be a temporary one. That being said, if your windows are starting to show any of the concerns we list below, there is only so much you will be able to do before you are going to need a replacement. In this article, we will discuss 5 ways to help you make your decision.

#1 - Windows are stuck or difficult to move

The purpose of a window is not only to allow light in but to provide access to fresh air for your home. Windows can also serve as an emergency exit in case of a fire or any other dangerous situation. Having windows that are stuck or difficult to move can cause a huge safety risk. If your window sash is stuck, clean the rail area where the window frame slides to remove any dirt, debris, or sticky liquids. If that doesn’t make it easier to open, it may be an indication of a bigger issue. 

When your house has foundation issues, an older window frame tends to shift along with the house, causing the window sash to get stuck in position.  House shifting can also prevent your windows from locking properly. If your window seal doesn’t flex or move with the glass, eventually it can cause a break or crack in the window’s glass. This is a common issue for homes in Texas.

#2 - Foggy windows

Water condensation on your windows can be normal, but constantly foggy windows are not. Condensation on the outside of the window or on the side of your window that is inside your home is related to humidity. Humidity can build up on the inside or the outside of your window, depending on the temperature and moisture level on either side. However, if the condensation is inside the window itself or between the window panes, you may have a broken seal. Foggy windows are an indicator that you should replace the window.

#3 - Discoloration on window frames

Naturally, the paint on aluminum window frames fades or becomes discolored over time. Vinyl doesn’t fade or change color, helping your windows look new for years to come. With proper cleaning your vinyl window frames add value to the appearance of your home. Vinyl window frames come in a variety of colors, including white, beige, almond, bronze, almond-tan, and clay. Whether your home’s exterior is stucco, EIF, brick, or siding, a variety of color options can help you match your new window frames and enhance the look.

#4 - Temperature difference in the room

Do you have rooms in your house that generate more heat than others? This is usually due to older windows that allow in the sun’s heat. It’s common for Texas homes with older windows to heat up during the summer months. Having the right glass and properly installed windows can reduce this problem. With a combination of Low-E Glass for UV filtering and argon gas for added insulation, our windows and glass doors are designed to provide significant energy efficiency. 

Although most homeowners consider small cracks in the window no big deal, it is important to know that even the smallest cracks can cause issues:

  • the crack spreading
  • energy bills increasing 
  • breaking due to extreme weather changes
  • injury to a person or animal that comes in contact with it
  • easier access into the home for a burglar


#5 - Planning to sell your home

It may seem like it would be cheaper and easier to let any window concerns be the buyer’s issue; however, window replacement actually increases the value of your home. Selling your home without replacing the windows can result in the buyer negotiating to pay less than your asking price, request that repairs are done before closing, or even worse–pass on your home all together! 

New windows raise the home’s curb appeal, increase the energy savings, and help block out nearby noise. Not to mention, the return on investment (ROI) on vinyl windows is approximately 73%. In addition, Acceptance Windows & Doors offers a Lifetime Transferrable Warranty, so you can pass the savings of free glass repair along to the buyer. They’ll thank you!

Window Replacement Cost

When you’re considering the total window replacement cost for your home, it can be more affordable than you think! Our competitive prices make window replacement easier on your budget, whether you need one replaced or the whole house. The high quality materials we use make new windows an added value to your home, helping you save money from having energy-efficient windows. Plus, our financing options are flexible to fit your needs, allowing you to pay over time. To learn more about the costs of window replacement, check out this blog!

To request a FREE estimate for your home’s replacement windows, call us at (855) ACCEPT-9. Our professional window replacement team can answer all of your questions and help you update your home’s windows.

Acceptance Windows & Doors is locally owned and operated in Denton, TX and we service all of Dallas-Fort Worth and most surrounding areas. Our products are budget friendly, made in the USA, and energy efficient. Schedule your FREE Consultation today!
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5 Responses

  1. Thanks for pointing out that having the right glass can reduce issues in the summer months. With that in mind, I need to get the window glass repaired in my home now that I noticed how hot it was in our home after the summer season. I still can’t get them replaced for upgraded windows because I have a limited budget, so I hope repairs are enough for now.

    1. Hey Mia, thank you for the feedback! We completely understand having a limited budget but we recommend replacing the windows over repairing the glass which is why we have no problem replacing the windows one at a time. If you are located in or near Dallas- Fort Worth, TX, we would be happy to meet with you for a free consultation to discuss your options.

  2. Thank you for explaining that you can look for discoloration on the window frames. My husband and I live in an older house so we were wondering if we would need to replace any of the fixtures in our home. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for this.

  3. It was really helpful when you said that you need to get a replacement if there is a crack in the window. Last night I noticed a crack in my living room window glass, and I was wondering if I should get it replaced. I really appreciate you helping me learn more about the signs of needing a window replacement.

  4. Thanks for explaining how a cracked window can lead to further issues, such as increased energy bills and injuries due to contact. My parents have a window in their living room that was cracked a few days ago after a bird flew into it. I will suggest that they hire professionals to replace that window so it does not create any problems for them in the future.

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