Home improvement projects can be expensive, time-consuming and messy. Because of this, it’s no surprise that many homeowners want to put off making these improvements for as long as possible. In some cases, older parts of your home might last much longer when they are looked after well, allowing you to put off replacing them until it’s absolutely necessary. Windows are an important part of the home that are designed to last for a long time. But they do not last forever, and when renting a property out, it’s important that damage is checked and repaired as soon as possible. Just do not fix your windows alone.
Drafts in the Home:
If your tenants feel that the home is draftier and breezier than it should be when the windows are closed, or there are cold drafts present when you are located close to the window, this could be a sign that the windows are going to need to be replaced soon. This is a problem that can indicate the windows were poorly made or fitted, or that the sealant is beginning to wear away and is no longer as effective. This can also be a problem if you have older single-glazed windows that are not as effective as keeping cold air out of the home compared to double- or triple-glazed options.
Lots of Noise:
If the windows do not provide a lot of protection from the noise outside, this can be a frustrating problem to deal with. Sometimes it may simply be that your windows are older and do not provide the same noise protection when compared to newer types. However, if this is an issue that you have begun to notice more often recently, it could indicate that your windows need to be replaced. If you are renting a home that is on a busy road and want to upgrade the windows to keep the peace and quiet inside and make it more attractive to potential tenants, double- or triple-pane windows that have been insulated with Argon or Krypton gas might be a good option.
Failure to Open:
Windows should usually be able to open, and if this isn’t the case with the windows in your home, then it could indicate damage or other problems. In addition, a window that won’t open can be a very dangerous factor in the home since most windows are designed to be used to escape the premises in the event of a fire or other disaster that might prevent people from using the doors.
Damage to Window Frames:
While small scratches and minor damage might not be something worth worrying about when it comes to window frames, some signs of damage to the window frames should never be ignored. Window frames that are soft to touch or chipped are likely to be damaged beyond repair and will usually need to be replaced as soon as possible before the damage worsens. Window frames that are soft to touch are typically a sign of rot or water infiltration that can lead to serious problems like window frame sagging.
As an important part of the structure of a home, it’s important to ensure that windows and window frames are kept in good condition.