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How To Tell It’s Time To Replace Your Windows

South Florida homes built in the 90s and early 2000s are beginning to reach the point where many everyday parts of the house have to be inspected and reviewed. As building codes were much more lenient than they are today, many of the things you take for granted today would never pass inspection if installed today. One of these are the windows in your home. 

The first line of defense in your home, your windows should be ready for anything that gets thrown their way. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Many cookie cutter homes developed throughout South Florida in the 90s and 00s used “standard windows”. These are subpar windows that are typically installed as a low cost option that offer little benefits. With a lifespan of 15-20 years, it’s either right on time or beyond the deadline for swapping your windows. But living in your home every day, how can you possibly tell when you have windows that are failing and in need of replacement? There are actually some telltale signs of when it’s time to replace your windows for good. Consider the following:

How To Tell Your Windows Need To Be Replaced

Windows Won’t Move

As windows age they tend to lose the ability to open and close easily. This can be caused by the formation of rust and rot throughout the frame, making it nearly impossible to move the window up and down. If your poorly performing windows wont move, there’s a serious reliability and safety issue that needs to be addressed. In the event of an emergency, your windows should function as an exit. If you can’t open your windows and you’re trapped inside, that’s a serious problem. 

It’s Cold When It Should Be Warm And Vice Versa

Have you noticed that your house stays chilly in the Winter, despite putting on the heater? Is it heat stifling even though you have the A/C cranked down to the low 60s in the middle of Summer? You can blame your windows. Your windows work to insulate your home all year long, however as time goes on they just can’t function as efficiently as when they were freshly installed. This means drafts and heat are able to enter your home much quicker than before, leaving you exposed to the elements even when you’re inside.

Exterior Noise Is Seeping Inside Constantly

From car alarms accidentally going off, to the sound of a dog barking at 4am, to the neighbor mowing their lawn far too early on Sunday, exterior noise is best left outside. Unfortunately, poorly performing windows can leave you hearing all of these examples every single day. As mentioned above, your windows insulate your home from the outside world—including noise. Poorly performing windows will allow noise that you once never heard to make its way into your home day in and day out. 

Don’t Stick With Subpar Windows

Standard windows installed on homes in the late 90s early 2000s are well past their due date to be replaced. Don’t make the mistake of replacing them for identical standard windows, and enjoy the benefits of impact windows. Discover the benefits they offer your home and with Armored Impact Windows! Contact us today to learn more about having impact windows installed in your home by reaching us online or give us a call at (561) 800-2419.

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