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How do I know when my windows need to be replaced?

There are several signs that can indicate whether your windows need to be replaced. Here are some common indicators:

  1. Drafts: If you feel drafts of cold or hot air coming through your windows, even when they're closed, it could mean that the seals are worn out or there are gaps in the frames. This can affect your home's energy efficiency and comfort.

  2. Increased Energy Bills: If you notice a significant increase in your energy bills, it could be a result of inefficient windows. Old or poorly insulated windows can allow heat or cool air to escape, forcing your heating or cooling system to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature.

  3. Condensation or Fogging: If you notice condensation or fogging between the window panes, it could indicate a failed seal. When the seals fail, moisture can enter the space between the glass, causing fogging or condensation that can't be cleared. Failed seals also can affect your home's energy efficiency and comfort.

  4. Difficulty Opening, Closing, or Locking: Windows that are challenging to open, close, or lock may have hardware issues or problems with the frame. Over time, windows can warp or become misaligned, affecting their functionality.

  5. Noise and UV Light: If you notice an increase in outside noise or if your furnishings are fading due to excessive UV light entering through the windows, it could indicate that your windows lack proper insulation or UV protection.

  6. Physical Damage: Cracked or broken window glass obviously needs to be replaced, but even minor damage can lead to further issues. Small cracks can expand, compromising the window's integrity and performance.

  7. Outdated Appearance: If your windows look outdated or no longer match your home's aesthetic, replacing them can improve the overall look and value of your property.

It's essential to note that these signs may not always require a full window replacement. Sometimes, repairs or maintenance can address the issue. Rocky Ridge Exteriors will come and do an assessment of your windows - at no cost - and provide a plan of action to help make your home for energy efficient and more comfortable! Call us today to set up an appointment 303-876-7651, or email us at

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