How Long You Should Wait to Replace a Window

Ever wonder how often you should replace your windows? And what happens if you wait too long? Is 10, 15 or 25 years too long to wait? American Window Systems Inc. can help you figure out if your windows need to be replaced and how to replace them.

Replacing your windows will not only add curbside appeal to your home and take you one step closer to achieving your dream space, but replacement windows can also add resale value to your home. You might already know that adding on to a home and updating a home will always boost up the price of a house. For example, if you were to finish your basement, your home would naturally be worth more money. If you were to gut your basement, finish it and make it into a legal apartment that’s even more money in your pocket.

Even if you’re not interested in updating the look of your home or adding resale value to your property, replacing your windows is something that should be done regularly to avoid damage and headaches down the road. Overtime, windows will become worn out and will not work as well as they once did.

The Canadian Standards Association believes that windows built by CSA standards have a life expectancy of 25 years. While that may be true, it doesn’t mean that your windows will definitely last that long. Many factors come into play when considering how long windows can last: for instance, where you live, weather conditions, what types of windows you’re using and what brands, in addition to how you well you’ve taken care of you windows throughout the years. A window that has never received any upkeep since the day it was purchased is most likely not going to work as good as a window that has been maintained throughout the years. Weather always plays a very large part in the lifespan of a window. As we’ve seen, many areas are prone to harsh weather and hurricane seasons. While Santa Rosa, CA doesn’t have severe weather changes and is not an area that normally gets hurricanes, other areas that are prone to this type of storm have a lower life expectancy when it comes to windows. Harsh winds, heavy rains, and lighting can ruin a window. Even homes by the ocean take a beating on their windows as the salt air can damage windows over time.

Another thing to take into account when trying to decide if you should replace your windows is how your window looks and performs. While this may be a no-brainer, a window that is cracked, severely broken, damaged, warped or rotted should be replaced as soon as possible. Not only do these problems become eyesores, making it seem that a home is not well taken care of, these problems can badly affect your home.

If you live in or near the Santa Rosa, CA area and you’re looking to replace your windows, call American Window Systems Inc. today at (707) 304-5311.  You can also come down and visit our showroom located at 1729 Action Avenue, Suite B, Napa, CA 94559. Monday through Friday 8AM to 5PM. There’s a reason we’re the number one choice when it comes to replacement windows in the Santa Rosa, CA area.