Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Wood Windows

Nov 22, 2023

Determining when it’s time to replace your windows isn’t always easy, particularly for new homeowners who don’t have as much experience when it comes to home improvement. Often, the signs of window degradation aren’t immediately apparent, leading to overlooked issues that impact comfort, energy efficiency, and home value. Read on to learn some signs that it’s time to invest in replacement wood windows. 

When Do I Need Home Replacement Windows? 

Even the best windows on the market don’t last forever. If you notice any of the following signs, it may be time to think about investing in replacement wood windows: 

  • Visible Damage – Check for visible signs of damage such as warping, rotting, cracking, or peeling paint on the window frames. These are indicators that the wood may have deteriorated, affecting the window’s functionality and energy efficiency. 
  • Difficulty Opening or Closing – If the windows are becoming difficult to open or close, it could be due to issues caused by age or moisture damage. 
  • Drafts or Air Leaks – Feel for drafts around the windows, particularly when they are closed. Air leaks can result from gaps or worn weather stripping, and these lead to reduced energy efficiency. 
  • Condensation Between Panes – If you notice condensation or fogging between the windowpanes, it could indicate a broken seal. This compromises the insulating properties of the window and may require replacement. 
  • High Energy Bills – Old or inefficient windows can contribute to higher heating and cooling costs due to poor insulation. If you’ve noticed a significant increase in energy bills, it might be due to inefficient windows. 
  • Excessive Noise – If your windows are not effectively blocking outside noise, it could be another sign of deteriorating seals or insufficient insulation. 
  • Higher Maintenance Requirements – If your wood-clad windows require excessive maintenance as of late, such as repainting or repairs, it might be more practical to replace them. 

Generally, wood-clad windows have a lifespan of around 20-30 years. If your windows are approaching or past this age, it might be time to consider replacement, especially if they’re showing multiple signs from the list above. It’s a good idea to consult with a professional to determine the most suitable options for your home’s specific needs and budget. 

Is It Time to Replace Your Wood Windows? 

Now that you know what signs to look for, take a moment to think about your windows. Is it time to replace them? If the answer is yes, you’re in the right place. Pure Home Restoration is a reliable replacement window company serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, suburbs, and our team has the product selection and installation skills to take your home to the next level. 

At Pure Home Restoration, we understand that Minnesota homeowners want home improvement products that can stand up to the local climate, which is why we recommend Pella® replacement windows. These wood-clad windows are made from high-quality materials and can stand up to just about anything Mother Nature has in store. Reach out today to get a quote! 

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 Don Darnell and the Pure Home team were incredibly professional and knowledgeable throughout our entire repair process. Don went above and beyond advocating for us with our insurance company. His attention to detail throughout the repair process was greatly appreciated which allowed for a seamless installation process. We would recommend Pure Home without hesitation and plan to work with them again if/when the need arises. 
 Pure Home was quick in responding to me, and worked directly with my insurance and mortgage companies to help guide me through the process of the claim. They had an onsite foreman each day to check the progress of both the roof and gutter replacements. They were professional and thorough. 
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