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    A Quick Guide to Replacing Your Windows

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    While well-made windows can last more than 20 years, even the best sometimes fall apart, crack or get otherwise damaged. Being aware of the common causes of window damage is helpful for knowing when to repair or replace them.

    There are several scenarios that can lead to window damage, and sometimes, repairing the issue is better than simply replacing. However, there are also instances where it would be in your best interest to completely replace a window or all of your windows. Learning about the different types of window damage is key. Being informed about all the quirks of your home or property will only benefit you as a homeowner.

    Problem # 1: Broken or Damaged Windows

    There are times when damage to your windows will be minor, such as old or rusted hardware. Weatherproofing can also become dated after a while, so it’s best to repair that as soon as it starts falling apart. These are generally easy problems to fix on your own or with the help of a contractor.

    On the other hand, if your windows are severely damaged, warped or broken, then replacing them is probably the best choice for you. Windows that have a warped frame or that stick when you try to open them are prime candidates for replacement.

    Problem # 2: Your Energy Bills are Too High

    Did you know that even a small draft can cause your heating and cooling systems to become inefficient? While windows that face south can help warm your house during the wintertime, if there’s a crack or other open space in the frame, any warmth will quickly dissipate. This leaves you with a higher heating bill in the winter, unfortunately. In the summer, if you have air conditioning, whether it’s ductless or central air, any extra heat coming from the windows will certainly not help cool your house off.

    In these cases, replacing your windows completely with newer, energy-efficient models would greatly reduce any heat entering or escaping the house. This is also an excellent way to increase the value of your home if you’re going to be selling it soon. Installing energy-efficient windows is a good way to attract potential buyers.

    Problem # 3: You Want to Renovate

    If you’re in the process of renovating your home, consider how your windows look. Are they older and more worn-looking? Are they dated, and look like they were probably fashionable 30 years ago? In this case, you should complete your renovation with new windows. After all, windows are not only part of the interior of your home, but also the exterior. Your home will look much better from the outside if your windows are clean and new.

    You should also think about the style of your home. If it’s an older and distinguished-looking property, consider finding a style of window that matches that feel.

    Problem # 4: You’re Renovating a Historic Home

    This is touched on above, but if your home or the property you’re renovating is older and more historic, sometimes windows that look like they’re from the 1970’s aren’t the best fit. Choose windows whose style reflects the house that they’re installed in. Don’t be afraid to do a little research before buying, either.

    Problem # 5: You’re Dealing with a Storm’s Aftermath

    If you live in an area that’s prone to say, hurricanes, you may already be expecting to have to replace your windows. Storm damage can range from minor to severe, so it’s best to get a professional to look at any window damage caused by high winds, debris or heavy rain.

    Time to Call the Pros

    If you’re experiencing any of these issues, it’s probably a good idea to contact a professional construction company to see what can be done. American Custom Construction, LLC has a highly skilled team ready and willing to tackle and repair any window damage your home might have. Contact us today for a quick quote.