Is It Time for New Windows in my Home?

As a homeowner, it’s important to be aware of you the state of your dwelling.  After all, if something breaks or goes wrong, you’re the one who’s going to suffer.  A regular maintenance schedule is generally a good idea.  Another important part of home maintenance is knowing when it’s time to replace rather than repair aspects of your house. Windows can account for 15% of your home’s wall space, which means they need to be maintained.  Neglecting your windows can result in potential problems in your home that can turn out to be expensive.  Here we provide some tips on assessing when you need to replace old windows with new windows.


Sometimes repairs just aren’t going to cut it when it comes to saving your windows.  Water damage, unless caused by replaceable hardware, can be a sign that you need new replacement windows.  You may not see the water, you might instead notice peeling or bubbling paint, or damage to the wood surrounding the window.  Windows that are showing signs of water damage need to be taken care of quickly because leaky windows can cause further harm to your home including mold issues or structural damage.  As soon as your windows start having irreparable issues, especially ones that make it difficult to operate or are potential hazards, it may be time to consider new replacement windows.


Windows are one of your home’s most significant features.  Windows that look old and deteriorated can make your entire house appear that way too.  Warping windows or peeling paint can detract from the overall appearance and style of your home, so it’s important to keep your windows looking updated and modern.   Windows are a great way to give your home a beautiful new modern look.

broken window annealed glass outside


Not only is broken glass a potentially dangerous problem, but it is also likely to be preventing your window from functioning as it should be.  Additionally, broken windows can give your home an un-kept haunted house vibe that you probably don’t want.  A broken window creates a hazard in your home, even a crack in your window glass can lead to disaster if not addressed. 


Higher heating or cooling costs can be a sign that your windows require replacement.  This can be especially true if you have recently purchased an older home that needs a bit of updating.  The windows in that type of home may have never been replaced.  Faulty windows may be letting escape or enter your house. These drafty windows may be costing you money by forcing your HVAC system to compensate.  New vinyl windows are very energy efficient and when professionally installed can help you to save on your energy costs.


Windows with seal failure - foggy windows and new windows after fix

If you see frosting or condensation between the layers of glass of your dual paned windows, it means that your window seals have failed allowing moisture between glass panes. Once seals have failed, any gas that was used to make the window energy efficient has escaped leaving you with less insulation.  Seal failure can also lead to potential water damage from condensation and leaking.  Additionally, foggy windows can detract from you’re your home’s overall curb appeal.

Eventually, the windows in your home will wear out and need to be replaced.  Waiting to replace windows in your home can lead to costly issues.  Having new replacement windows professionally installed in your house can increase your home’s energy efficiency, elevate your home’s curb appeal, and improve your draft-free comfort level. 

Tuscany Series Windows fromMilgard

At Dick’s Rancho Glass we have many years of experience in home window replacement, and we are happy to serve homeowners throughout the Sacramento Area.  Our professionals are available for repairs, replacement windows and new construction windows. Learn more about windows from Milgard here. Contact Dicks Rancho Glass today to discuss your window project or visit one of our two glass showrooms in the Sacramento region:

Dick’s Rancho Glass Sacramento at 2900 ROUTIER ROAD
Or call us at (916)363-6554

Dick’s Rancho Glass Fair Oaks at 5349 SAN JUAN AVE.
Or call us at (916)863-2500