James Russo, Lawrenceville Home Improvement
James is one of the owners of Lawrenceville Home Improvement, a family owned and operated exterior remodeling company focusing on replacement windows, doors and siding. Serving Mercer county since 1952, Lawrenceville Home Improvement has earned a reputation throughout the years for providing high-quality products with stellar installation, but what has really endeared this business to the community is its unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. Lawrenceville Home Improve- ment has a large show room and welcomes customers to stop by and take a look at the wide range of products they offer.
How Do I Know If I Need New Windows?
By James Russo
There comes a time in every long-term homeowner’s life when they come face-to-face with the dreaded question, “Do I need to replace my windows?” It
usually isn’t on the top of the wish list but nevertheless, windows can improve the look of your home inside and out and can also improve the overall energy efficiency of your home. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may need to replace your windows.
1. Are your windows over 20 years old? Compromising or warping can start as early as 7 years in a wood or vinyl window, so keep an eye on your windows if they are made of either.
2. Do you have trouble opening or closing your windows? Although mechanism failure can sometimes be repaired, it is more likely the sign of total unit compromise. If your windows are sticking it often means that the window has expanded and contracted over time and has potentially warped its shape.
3. Do you feel a draft? If you feel air coming through, heat or air conditioning is seeping out. A drafty window is definitely a call to action to replace your windows. You will benefit from increased energy efficiency and a more comfortable living space.
4. Is there cloudiness or fogginess between the glass of the window? Seal failure is the cause of discoloration or fog within the window panes of glass; you will not be able to wipe it off with your hand or a cloth. In some cases you can just replace the glass, but if your window frame has been warped or compromised in any way, the problem will reoccur.
5. Are your windows single paned? If your window is old enough to be single paned, it most likely needs to be replaced. Plus, a single-paned glass window is a lot less energy efficient than double or triple paned glass.