There are many benefits to replacing your windows, particularly in a cold climate like Calgary. At the same time, you want to maximize the lifespan of your old windows to get as much value as you can out of them. Here are some clear warning signs that it's time to replace the windows on your Calgary home.
Modern, energy efficient windows add a lot of value to your home. They look better and add to the resale value. More importantly, new windows with double or triple pane glass, low E coatings and argon gas are much better insulators. New windows will reduce drafts, keep your internal temperatures more consistent and even help to lower your energy bills. New windows also function much better so you won't have to wrestle with that old, difficult to open hardware.
Another key benefit of replacing your windows is that you can greatly expand the window area. Install large patio doors where your old kitchen window use to be. Install a bay window in your living room. The options are endless now. An old, dark room can be transformed by new, larger windows.
There are numerous reasons to replace your windows, but how do you know when your windows have reached the end of their useful life?
On windy or colder days, can you feel cool drafts near windows? Drafts are a common complaint on older windows and are often caused from your house shifting over the years leaving gaps around the window frame. Single pane or older double pane windows can also feel cool simply because of their weak insulating capabilities. New windows, with correct installation will drastically reduce any drafts or cold areas around windows.
If your house has shifted over the years or the weather seals on the windows have worn out, it is likely that there are small gaps around the frame or window openings. If you can see water leaking into the home it’s likely your windows are not sealed properly or the weather seals have deteriorated. When it rains, take some time to regularly inspect your windows to see if water is entering. Cracking or bubbling paint around your windows is also an indication of water damage. Water leaks can make wood and drywall swell, causing the paint to bubble and crack. If you notice visible signs of water damage on the interior walls of your home, it is important to have your windows replaced quickly. Ongoing water damage can cause more serious structural damage and mould.
Regular moisture build up will often lead to mould. If you notice black spots around your windows, on the window sills or close to caulking, mould is likely starting to form. This is a clear indication that there is water seeping into your home. Mould can be dangerous and should be remedied as quickly as possible, particularly if there are young children, elderly or those with respiratory problems in the home.
While it is normal to have some window condensation on the inside of windows on colder days, excessive fogging or condensation between panes can be a sign that your windows are no longer properly insulating your home. New double or triple pane windows greatly reduce condensation, frost, and fogging.
Over time, it's not unusual for window hardware to become lose or even break. If your windows are not opening and closing smoothly, it's a good idea to either lubricate the hardware and if that doesn't fix the problem, a window replacement may be necessary. It's important to have properly functioning windows in the event of a fire or other emergency. Also, you want secure locks to prevent unwanted intrusions. If your window hardware is no longer working correctly, you may want to consider replacing your windows.
Your older windows may be in good shape and functioning properly, however, advanced technologies and features make new windows much more energy efficient and functional. With the natural shifting of your home windows can often become difficult to open. Weather seals will deteriorate over time, insulating gases will evaporate and protective coatings can be rubbed off. If your windows are more than 20 years old, they should be closely inspected for signs of deterioration.
One of the biggest advantages of installing modern, low maintenance windows is the elimination of scraping and painting window frames. Older wood frame windows require regular painting to protect the frames from rotting and water damage. New vinyl or hybrid windows do not require painting so you can save yourself the trouble of scraping and painting every few years.
Our Calgary Windows Guide has more information about window replacement.
If you think it's time to replace your windows in Calgary, give Old West Windows & Doors a call. We'll be happy to show you all the latest options in window replacement and find windows perfect for your home and budget. Give us a call at 403-262-3933 today. Our family run company has been serving Calgary for more than two decades.
It's been 3 years from start to finish working with Old West Windows and Doors to have all windows replaced . They are professional, on time and did first rate work through all aspects. Their crew knows what they are doing, clean up afterwards and are courteous, going the extra mile...
Terry - De Winton
I waited to write this review to see how the windows & workmanship would be after 1 year of use. The windows are triple low E glazing and frames are fibreglass. Well on a rating of 10, I give 10 for the installation, followup and the product. I would recommend these people to anyone who wants good service who back their products.
After a competitive evaluation of three potential suppliers we chose Old West Windows and Doors to replace 11 windows in our home. We were very impressed with Rick's knowledge and experience as well as the excellent reviews of his company. Kyle and his crew of installers did a first class professional and timely job taking care to minimize any disruptions.
Great service, great price, professional and knowledgeable installers. Installers worked on an extremely cold January day and took the time to explain how windows work and asked if we had any questions before they left for the day. Will recommend to others and use them again without hesitation for our future window needs.
We have been completely satisfied in dealing with Old West to replace our windows and have had previous windows replaced with them as well. Always efficient and dependable! We love our new windows!!
Service and Quality are what Old West Windows and Doors provided for the installation of 10 windows on our main floor. Now the cold weather has arrived I cannot believe what a difference these new windows make. I found this companies name on Home Stars and they truly deserve the high star rating they presently have.
I couldn't be happier with Old West from start to finish. I had three estimates and Old West was very competitive. What impressed me the most and made me choose Old West was the professionalism and customer service from the first time I called to request an estimate. I'm so glad I chose Old West because of their professionalism and quality of work.
We replaced 5 old windows in our century home with white vinyl casements. Rick was very patient with us as we shopped around and tried to make a decision and always responded to emails quickly. He was also able to speed up the installation with an earlier than planned date and Jeremy and his great team of quiet and tidy installers completed the job in a single day.
We were very pleased with Old West Windows & Door Ltd. right from the start to finish. We can honestly say that our experience with Old West was the most amazing and satisfying contract work we have ever had done. We would recommend Old West to anyone who is contemplating replacing windows in their home.
Very pleased with the entire process! As indicated in previous reviews, Rick is extremely professional and knowledgeable. He works with you to find the best window options that will meet your needs without any sales pressure - incredible that the company owner has such a "hands-on" approach with customers.
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