It’s no secret that good doors and windows are pretty important. After all, they help regulate the temperature in your house and keep your family safe. So, knowing when window and door replacement is necessary is a responsible choice that any homeowner should make. It’s an investment to replace them but it will give you peace of mind and protect your home and the people living inside. Here’s how to know it’s time to call the experts at Southern Cross Windows.
1. You feel a draught
If you walk past any of the doors and windows in your house and you feel a draught, it’s a good sign that you need to replace them. Obviously, you’ll feel a breeze if the doors and windows are open, but you’re looking for a draught that you can still feel if they’re closed. That indicates a seal that is worn out or gone. This can make your heating and cooling system work harder, increasing your energy bills, but a replacement makes a big difference.
2. There’s visible damage
If you look at your doors and windows and see splintered wood, cracks, broken seals or chips, you need new ones. Letting it go too long can compromise the structure of the door and window openings and can lead to further (and costly) damage. At the same time, damaged windows and doors aren’t as safe as those that are intact.
3. They’re hard to open and close
Windows and doors that are old may be rotting, rusted or warped and you’ll know this because they’ll be hard to open and close. Ideally, you should be able to slide windows closed and push doors closed without much effort. If you have to struggle to open or close them, you have a problem and likely need new ones.
4. You hear a lot of noise
Your doors and windows are designed to block a lot of the noise from outside, including people and traffic. If you notice that you’re hearing a lot more sounds from outside than you’re used to, it could mean that you need new doors and windows. This is probably because the seals are broken down and degraded or you have damage to your windows and doors.