While modern windows do have unprecedented strength and durability, they will not last forever. Over time, the materials will wear, warp, break down, and fail. Granted, several factors impact how rapidly your vinyl windows deteriorate in Bradenton, FL. So how do you know if the timing is right for replacements? Your vinyl windows will give you signs. Here are a few things to watch for if your windows are more than a couple of decades old:
Difficult to Operate
If you work hard to maintain your vinyl windows, they will operate for many years. But even with the best care, they can fall into disrepair. If your windows are difficult (or impossible) to open, or if the locks do not latch properly, then you are at risk. Not only are these issues a security risk, but also a safety issue. What happens in an emergency if you can’t get your windows open? You need to consider replacement vinyl windows.
Cracked, Broken, or Warped
Cracks in a windowpane are easy to notice. Eventually, the rest of the glass will break and it could hurt someone. You will want to get the problem corrected as soon as possible. You can try getting a replacement for just the glass, but if you already have vinyl windows, it is better to simply replace the insert or the whole unit. The same goes for warped or broken window frames.
Feel a Draft
If you notice the air feels dramatically warmer around your windows, you probably have a draft. Air leaks are more than just uncomfortable. They can cost you in unnecessary energy expenses. Sometimes you can correct the issue with caulking or weather-stripping. However, if you have tried sealing your windows without results, replacements may be the only way to correct the problem for good.
Condensation Between the Panes
While not uncommon on the inside surface of your windows after you shower or cook in the kitchen, too much condensation can cause damage. The moisture can lead to leaks, paint damage, mold, and structural damage, costing you a lot of money. Condensation is more common with single pane windows. If you notice it often forming on your double pane windows, it means you may have a leak and the inert gas between the panes has escaped. You might also notice condensation between the panes of glass. You have lost peak energy efficiency and will want to get new vinyl windows as soon as possible.
Survived a Severe Storm
Think of the impact of humidity, sea salt, and coastal winds will have on your house. These will do a number on your exterior, especially your vinyl windows under normal circumstances. Tropical storms and hurricanes cause even more trouble. If you have survived several major storms, you will want to take a close look at your windows for damage, leaks and failures.
Call Armored Dade Windows and Shutters
Do not fall into the trap of repairing old vinyl windows in the hope that it will save you money. It may end up costing you more in the long run. Instead, invest in replacement vinyl windows in Bradenton, FL. With modern technology and hurricane and impact resistance, you can rest easy knowing that your windows are saving money, protecting your loved ones, and will have many more years ahead of them. Call 941-798-9010 or come by 8112 Cortez Rd. West, Bradenton, FL. 34210 for a free consultation and estimate.