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What to Look for in Windows When Buying a House
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What to Look for in Windows When Buying a House

Replacing windows can be a significant investment for homeowners, and it’s not always an expense they want to incur shortly after moving. When searching for a house, it’s crucial to recognize the signs of windows that will require an immediate replacement, especially if the house is more than 10 years old. In this blog, we’ll tell you what common window problems to look out for when attending a showing for a home so that you can make an informed purchase decision.

Family touring a home for sale with large windows.

Common window problems to look out for

1. Physical damage

This is the easiest problem to spot, but when walking through a home you want to potentially buy, it’s important to keep an eye out for any signs of physical damage. Broken glass or a damaged frame means that you will need to replace the window as soon as possible.

2. Ease of Use

Windows should always open and close smoothly, so it’s important to actually test opening and closing the windows you come across during the showing. If you come across windows that require a lot of elbow grease to open, it could mean that it needs to be cleaned or it could be a warping issue or an issue with the hardware. Keep note of any red flags you see during this exercise.

3. Drafts

A drafty window is another tell-tale sign that the window is old, damaged, or was incorrectly installed. Take note of any temperature differences when standing next to the windows. If you feel a significant difference in temperature, this could mean less energy efficiency and therefore higher energy costs in the winter or summer if you don’t get the windows replaced.

4. Leaks

Leaks are a serious window problem that you definitely won’t be able to ignore when you move into a new home. If water gets in, it can cause rotting or mold to grow. When touring a home, keep an eye out for any signs of water droplets or condensation on or around the windows, as this could indicate a leak.

5. Noise pollution

If the home you are interested in is located on a busy street, noise could be a huge problem if the windows aren’t soundproofed. This is why it’s always a good idea to tour a home at a busy time of day so you can determine if the noise carries into the house. If it does, this is also a sign that you may need to replace the windows, as older windows tend to be less efficient at blocking outdoor noise.

Replace your new home’s windows with Brookstone Windows and Doors

If you have recently purchased a home and have noticed that the windows need to be replaced, the experienced team at Brookstone Windows and Doors is here to help. Get in touch with our team today for a free quote or visit us at one of our showrooms located across Ontario.

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