1. Ultraviolet light. Plain, untreated, clear glass lets in UV Rays. These rays are responsible for perpetual damage to the inside of your home. Items that you know would be affected by sunlight outside are still being damaged indoors, but at a slower rate. This can mean discolored carpet, faded artwork, disappearing photographs, and faded upholstered furniture and wood floors. Homeowners commonly report that blinds become brittle, and curtains or other window treatments become discolored and start deteriorating. Having to replace your furniture, rugs, or drapes that were damaged over time could be quite costly.
2. Heat Transfer. Old windows can’t keep the heat out in the summer or in during winter because the frames don’t have insulating properties. Common outdated frame materials, such as aluminum, conduct heat directly from the outside to the inside of your home. If you feel a different temperature when you are near your windows, they are doing very little to insulate your home. This causes your heating or air conditioning to run unnecessarily, driving up your monthly energy bill.
3. Leaking. Old windows often have many tiny cracks, even when they seem to close and function properly. The weather causes windows to expand and contract, so the glass doesn’t fit properly. Panes of glass can become loose, or the glass itself can break. The caulking around the windows crumbles over time and the weather stripping fails. Not only can this make your home drafty, it can also let in dust and other allergens, as well as cause water damage. These are some negative effects you will experience when that happens:
- You’ll find yourself spending more by adjusting your thermostat to compensate for the drafts.
- The leaks will let in spiders and other insects and put a bigger exterminating bill on your budget.
- The biggest costs that come from the water damage will have long-standing effects on your home, possibly leading to mold issues, and the need to replace entire sections of plaster or drywall.
- You might be feeling unwell from the dust, mold, and other allergens coming into your home, which affects your quality of life.
At the end of the day, you are experiencing any or all of these issues with your old windows, you are probably spending more on those windows than you’d care to. You may even find that the cost of new windows isn’t really much more than what your old windows are costing you. To find out how new windows can keep the UV rays outside, eliminate heat transfer and leaking, be virtually maintenance-free, and give you many other benefits, give us a call or send us a message here. We’d love to help you find the best solution for your needs.