How Often Should You Replace Your Windows?

How Often Should You Replace Your Windows?

The windows on a home are often overlooked when it comes to remodeling projects. But few other design elements can have such a major impact on a home’s beauty and energy efficiency. Windows often fall by the wayside because they are largely forgotten unless a pane breaks or the glass becomes fogged.

6 Signs When It Is Time to Replace Windows

While it is true that good quality windows can last for decades, most will start showing pretty clear signs for when it is time to replace them. So, how often should you replace your windows? The truth is – it all depends on the window. Here are six warning signs that will tell you it’s time for new windows.

Cracked Windowpane or Frame

Not all damage to a window requires the entire thing to be replaced, but in the case of a cracked windowpane or broken frame, you will definitely want to have a new window installed instead of trying to repair the old one. A window frame that’s damaged will ruin a home’s seal, making it less energy efficient. Further, it can even provide an entry point for small rodents or insects. Plus, a broken frame takes away from the beauty of a home.

Soft Frame

Wood window frames need to be routinely cared for or moisture can get in and cause the wood to rot. When this happens, one of the first signs is that the windowsill becomes soft to the touch. The problem is, once the windowsill becomes soft, this means that the entire window frame will need to be replaced because it too will be compromised by moisture.

Fogged Glass

Fogged glass is a common problem that arises with older double- or triple-paned windows. Fogging occurs when condensation gets trapped between the panes of glass. This is usually caused by a tiny crack or hole somewhere on the window.

Because the space between the panes is filled with an insulative gas, the fact that it is fogged means that the gas has leaked out, so replacing the window will not only make your home more beautiful, but also restore its energy efficiency.


If the windows are in good shape, they should not let in air when they’re closed. So, if you feel cold drafts getting into your home through a closed window even after caulking and applying weather-stripping, then you may want to consider having the window replaced.

Sticking When Opening/Closing

A window is meant to be opened and closed, but over time, tiny grooves and divots can develop in the frame due to repeated use. Eventually, cracks can start to form on the frame. When the cracks are severe, they can start causing the window to stick when you’re trying to open or close it. When a window has developed this level of wear and tear, then it’s time to replace it with a new one.

High Heating and Cooling Bills

One of the most common signs that your windows aren’t performing as well as they used to is an increase in your heating and cooling bills. Of course, the aging windows might not be the sole cause of your increased energy consumption, but a higher energy bill does mean that you should at least check your windows for any of the previously mentioned problems.

If it turns out your windows are the culprit, then replacing them with Energy Star certified windows will help return your energy costs back to normal.

Get a Free Estimate for New Windows from Thompson Creek Today

Thompson Creek makes it easy and affordable to replace the windows on your home. We custom design, build, and install all our windows, so you’re guaranteed beautiful windows that not only look great but also maximize your home’s energy efficiency. To learn more, contact Thompson Creek and get a free estimate for new windows today