When Should I Replace My Windows?

Hint: It's Probably Not When The Salesman Told You...

Window replacement

Replacing windows is the first thing most homeowners think of when they consider home energy upgrades; in fact, “Should I replace my windows” is probably the most common question people ask about home energy savings.

Here Is The Unvarnished Truth

One of the biggest selling points that many window companies here in Kentucky like to use when talking to homeowners about replacement windows is how the windows will recoup their costs over time due to the energy savings they provide and the upgrade to the look and feel of your home.

While in and of itself, this is a very real and very true statement, homeowners should know the "real" truth…

In Short, Notice How Other Window Companies "Say" That Their Windows Will Pay For Themselves… But They NEVER Tell You How Long It's Going To Take.

According to a report published on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s website:

“Many replacement windows, typically made from vinyl or aluminum, especially the lower cost ones, have an average life span of less than 20 years. This is much shorter than their payback period, which is anywhere from 40 to 250 years”

The reality: there are so many variables that you have to consider before you can even think about how long it's going to take to get your money back. It's like we said before; "windows are a lot more complicated than you think… or what others would have you believe."

The bottom line is, if you have to keep replacing your windows every 10 years because they fail prematurely, they will NEVER pay for themselves!

Despite what the salesman told you, unless you are buying the “right” window, it is relatively rare for a window replacement to financially make sense as an initial energy-saving upgrade.

That’s why it is so important to make sure you are buying the “right” window.

The right window—installed correctly—can make a huge difference in your energy bills. It's simple… high quality windows that are going to save you money on your energy bills are going to cost money. You simply can't get quality cheaply.

But setting aside the "energy savings" conundrum, the fact of the matter is that if your windows are in bad shape, then you should, by all means, replace them. The reality is that damaged or malfunctioning windows could actually be more detrimental to your home (and your pocket book) than not replacing them.

Leaky, damaged, or improperly sealed windows can let moisture get in, rotting your window frames. More importantly though is that faulty windows could be potentially letting water in to the actual structure of your home where it can do serious damage over time.

Here is the unvarnished list of instances where you should seriously consider upgrading your windows:

  • Consumers whose homes that have windows that are over 10 years old should strongly consider upgrading or replacing their windows and doors. In fact, According to The E.P.A, Windows That Are Just 8 Years or Older, Are Not as Energy Efficient as Today’s Modern Windows & ENERGY STAR labeled windows and doors are twice as efficient as the average windows manufactured just 10 years ago.
  • Homes with windows that were made prior to 1978 should seriously consider replacement considering that lead-based paints and primers were still being widely used.
  • Also, prime candidates for replacement are windows that are sealed shut, painted shut, non-functioning, or no longer energy efficient. Drafty windows, deteriorated doors, or broken products should always be evaluated, and if needed, replaced.
  • Other clear indicators for an immediate repair, upgrade, or replacement, is if there is mold, mildew or moisture between the window frame and the wall.

What Our Clients Are Saying

"Our experience with Weber Windows has been outstanding and we highly recommend them. From the time we met in the showroom until the installation team left our house, everything went smoothly and very professionally. The workers were here when they said they'd be and were very pleasant to interact with. Our rep made a trip out one day to see how things were going, and followed up with a phone call after installation was completed. If we ever need more window work, we will definitely contact them."

Mark W.

Tampa, FL

"If you need windows, look no further than Weber Windows! Could not be happier with my new windows and doors. I researched many companies and products, read all the reviews, and had 8 companies come and give presentations and estimates and ultimately chose Weber. I was impressed by the entire team at Weber from start to finish. The installation crew did a fantastic job. They were professional, careful of my home, and cleaned up after themselves. It was like they were never here except for I have beautiful new windows and doors. I can already tell a difference in the energy efficiency and quality. Thank you team! Very glad I chose Weber!"

Jen B.

Tampa, FL

"Weber replaced all of the windows in our home (9 total) a few months ago, and we’re very happy with our windows and the service we received. From our first meeting through the completion of the installation, we felt comfortable with everyone from Weber. The sales rep was friendly, knowledgeable, and he did not come off as pushy or over-eager to sell. The installation team worked carefully yet finished their work quickly. Our windows look great and have added a lot to our home. We’d go with Weber again in the future."

Mike H.

Tampa, FL

"The entire process from the estimate, subsequent questions I had, all the way to the actual installation was very professionally handled. All of the folks that I dealt with were friendly and very helpful. I highly recommend Weber Windows and especially the Marvin Fiberglass windows. All my family and friends have commented on how good the new windows look. They are the only company that I will call for the remaining windows in the house that will be replaced."

Gary L.

Tampa, FL

"Could not be happier with Weber Windows. The experience was fantastic from start to finish and I would highly recommend them if you’re considering window replacements/upgrades. They were professional, friendly, detail-oriented, and incredibly efficient – the team effort was quite impressive. Truly amazing and am so thankful with the finished product!"

Robin W.

Tampa, FL