Is It Time to Replace Your Windows?

If Only Windows Could Talk…

Time to replace your windowsYour windows may not be able to talk to you, but they certainly give you signs when something’s wrong.  High-quality, well-maintained windows could last for 20 years or more, but there are many factors to consider. Are your windows more than a few decades old? If so, it may be time to replace your windows.

Read on so you know what to be on the lookout for.


Damaged Glass & Seals

Without doubt, a broken window requires repair, but this doesn’t always mean replacing the entire window. A single broken pane can be restored without having to get a whole new frame. But if the seals are cracked or otherwise damaged, or the break in the glass is more extensive, it is time to replace the window. Also look for, chipping or deterioration of the frame or glass; visible water stains on or around the window; a frame that is warped or broken.

Expensive Energy Bill

If your house feels like an oven when your windows are closed during summer, you probably have older windows that lack the proper insulation or ENERGY STAR® ratings.

According to the Department of Energy’s website, “If your home has very old and/or inefficient windows, it might be more cost-effective to replace them than to try to improve their energy efficiency. New, energy-efficient windows eventually pay for themselves through lower heating and cooling costs, and sometimes even lighting costs.” ENERGY STAR certified windows and patio doors can reduce energy bills by an average of 12%. Replace window with door

Feels Drafty

On average, 10 to 25 percent of a home’s heat escapes through its windows. If your windows feel cold to the touch or there is a draft when you stand nearby, it’s time to consider replacing your windows. High-quality windows and patio doors are designed for energy efficiency in your local climate to keep the weather outside where it belongs.

Old and Inefficient

Most windows have a lifespan of roughly 10 to 20 years before they start to deteriorate and cut the energy efficiency of your home. As they age, their seals begin to weaken, and let air and dust sneak into your home. If this is happening, then it is time to replace your windows.

Even if they are dual pane windows, they may not be energy efficient. Another important factor is older windows do not have proper glazing and may be letting the UV rays into your home, which can cause fading on carpets and furniture. Newer windows that use Low E glass help the temperature in your home remain more consistent year-round and are better protected to resist color fading.


Perhaps there is nothing wrong with your windows at all but they don’t appeal to your design anymore.  Your home should be a reflection of your style both inside and out. Windows are one of the most prominent features in a house.  Here is a list of some fun ideas to update or change the look.

Replacement Windows


  • Update the window style of your home
  • Replace a window and add a door instead
  • Change a wall of windows to multi-sliding doors and bring the outside in
  • Update your picture window to a sliding window and let the fresh air flow through your home
  • To help maximize views, change your sliding window to a picture window

Keep in mind, choosing the wrong windows and replacements can detract from home value. “Like mantelpieces and built-in cabinets, original wood windows are important architectural features,” says Atlanta Realtor Bill Golden. “Replace them with a downscale product, and you downscale the house.” Make sure to match the look of the original windows. Modern windows for a midcentury modern house, traditional windows for a traditional house. Same goes if you have a historic home, you’ll want to retain the charm and select a window that does not change the integrity of the time period. Stop by the showroom at California Window and Doors and let us guide you in the right direction for all your update needs.

Return on Investment

Aside from the curb appeal new windows can bring, according to The National Association of Realtors’ Cost Versus Value study showed that homeowners get about 73% of their replacement window investment back when they resell. That is great news if you are considering selling your home within 5 years. And in the latest study by Remodeling Magazine on cost versus value on home improvements, it was reported that replacement windows in upscale homes have a 93% return on investment in the West Coast. Home buyers are noticing these details as they shop around, so, you may want to consider how your home can compete in the marketplace.


If you’re looking into installing new windows or remodeling your home, contact California Window and Door, and our knowledgeable staff can suggest windows that will work best for illuminating your home. We work with some of the best door and window companies to provide our customers with a vast selection of high-quality doors and windows. Call us at 760-773-1053 today for a free quote.

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