Window replacement in Augusta GA is a hot topic because of our hot and humid climate. Homeowners looking to sell their homes are often tempted to have their windows replaced to increase their selling price, and buyers are driven towards window replacement as a way to increase the energy efficiency of their new homes.
Morning shows and clickbait-driven websites love to throw out random numbers for how often you should replace your home’s windows, and some of those numbers do mean something. For instance, a high-quality window installation could last you up to 25 years or more, but how often you should actually replace your home’s windows is a little more complicated. There are many things that factor into the lifespan of your windows: climate, materials, regular maintenance, etc.
A break in the seal around your window is something that can be fixed easily when caught early on, but they can cause serious damage that may require a window replacement if left for too long. There may be some instances in which you can only replace the frame, but that should be decided on a case-by-case basis. Fortunately, basic residential window repair is fairly easy to do on your own – a little bit of caulking can go a long way. Regular testing and maintenance is a great and easy way to extend the lifespan of your home’s windows.
One way to check for breaks in the seal is to conduct a draft test, during which you will pass a lit candle or lighter along near the edges of the window. If the flame flickers at certain points, then that suggests the presence of a draft, and, in turn, a break in the seal. Aside from this simple test, there are a few other signs that suggest a break in the seal, like streaks or leaks on the wall, rotten wood around the window, and condensation on the inside of the window pane.
Before committing to a window replacement, we recommend getting an expert opinion on which route – repair or replacement – is best for your needs. We also recommend getting the highest quality service you can rather than just looking for deals and cutting corners. Window replacements can be expensive in the short term, but a high quality window installation could last you at least 25 years. Cheaper alternatives could end up costing you more in the long run with more frequent replacements.
You should also look into warranty options for the replacements you are purchasing. Some replacements will come with a lifetime warranty, but remember that the lifetime in this case is the expected lifetime of the installation, not your lifetime or your expected time living in that particular house.