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Sure-Fire Signs you Need a Window Replacement for your Home

Sure-Fire Signs you Need a Window Replacement for your Home


For many people their home is their safe haven. It’s the place they feel the most relaxed and comfortable. 

The better maintained the essential functions of the home, the more comfortable and safe it will be. 

Windows are one of these important features. They can contribute to the temperature inside the home, the safety of the home, the views looking out, and the outer aesthetic as well. 

So when is it time to consider undergoing a window replacement?


There are some sure-fire signs it is time to replace windows. They include: 


Windows are meant to keep the elements out while providing beautiful views and access to natural light. If water is leaking into the home it’s likely your windows are not sealed properly or they have deteriorated. 

Pooling water near the casing or window sill is a sign of leaking. Paint bubbling up and cracking depicts water damage as well. This is a result of water leaking in and being absorbed by the wood which then swells, causing the paint to bubble and crack. 
Water damage and leaks means it is time to replace your windows. 


Where there is water or humidity there is often mold. If you notice black tarnish around your window, often the window sills and close to the caulking, water has seeped in and started to mold. 

Not only does this deteriorate the window further, it can be harmful to the residents of 
the home. Mold spores when airborne can cause allergies and irritation. 

Air Leak

Have you ever walked by a certain window in the home and felt a draft? Alternatively is there a window that feels cool when you sit near it? 

Another way to tell if there is an air leak is if you hear a whistling sound coming from 
your window on a windy day. 

These windows likely have air leaks causing air to seep in and cool the surrounding temperature. Either the leak needs to be resealed or the window replaced. 

Glass Fogging Between the Panes


With weather temperature fluctuations condensation and frost can gather on our windows. If you are noticing condensation and frost, or fogging in between panes there is an air leak somewhere. This indicates time for maintenance or a window replacement. 

Fogged double pane windows are another indication of a leak or seal failure. There are ways to vacuum out the fog, however if the leak is not addressed it will return. In this case, windows should either be replaced or the leak should be found and 

Hardware Malfunction

In another scenario perhaps the hardware has simply fallen away or come loose. 
Properly functioning windows is an important safety feature. You want to be able to easily open and exit a window in the event of a fire. Conversely, you want to make sure your windows cannot be opened from the outside to prevent break and enters. 

You can upgrade the hardware, however depending on the technology or intensity of the fix you may want to consider a window replacement. Older hardware may be off the market, and integrating newer hardware into the existing setup may cost more in the long run than replacing the entire window. 


Older windows may be in good shape and functioning properly, however may not provide the same quality of energy efficiency as the newer modern windows on the market. 

Not to mention if your windows show signs of any of the above characteristics, their energy efficiency has definitely deteriorated. 

In the long run this costs extra in heating bills. 

Often people will put off a window replacement due to costs reasons; however in the long-run the energy savings offset the replacement cost. 

Maintenance Needs

Other maintenance needs may signal; it is time to fix/update your windows. 

This includes worn out weather-stripping, hardware, as we spoke about, old products lacking insulation value, or overall age and deterioration. 

Other maintenance needs may be removing old paint and repainting. 

All-in-all if your windows show any of the above signs it may be time for window replacement. If you have any questions about your windows please call us.


Calgary Replacement Window & Door Reviews

  • 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...

    Rating: 10/10

    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.

    Rating: 10/10

    Carl C.

  • 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.

    Rating: 10/10

    Andrew Dudzinski

  • 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.

    Rating: 10/10

    J Kawchuk

  • 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!!

    Rating: 10/10


  • 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.

    Rating: 10/10


  • 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.

    Rating: 10/10


  • 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.

    Rating: 10/10


  • 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.

    Rating: 10/10

    Larry Danderson

  • 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.

    Rating: 10/10

    D Denoon

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