TOP 10 SIGNS it’s time to replace your windows

Since 1959, Associated Glass has served the Greater Seattle area for providing a family tradition of excellent service in which both residential and commercial customers have grown to trust. Educating the customer before a project has begun can alleviate that fear factor and offer insight into what they can expect.

Here are a few questions any homeowner or business owner may have before getting an estimate or bid on window replacement:

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WHEN should you replace home windows?

The number one reason to replace is Energy Efficiency. This isn’t just to lower the electric bill. It’s also about the comfort temperature, whether it’s keeping the warm air in during the winter months or the cold air in during the summer months.

HOW often should you replace home windows?

Each Window Manufacturer is different but in general most have a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Associated Glass offers a 1 year workmanship warranty and a 10 year manufacturer warranty.

Should all the windows be replaced at once?

Several factors are considered but keeping it in Code and Best Practices depend on if you are replacing windows for a residential single family dwelling or an apartment/condo community? Renovating or Remodeling is another consideration. Commercial windows for hotels and buildings may not need to be opened. The only importance is that they be thermally insulated and secure.

How can it be cost effective and what is the longevity of the material and workmanship?

It’s vital to have master installers who can best tailor to your needs and custom specifications, however, window type should be determined by the best value, its aesthetic appeal, etc.

When is it time to replace Residential/Commercial Windows?

A building’s envelope is important in creating proper insulation for the interior of the building. A replacement window is inserted in the original frame because most window sashes have glazing stops that allow access access to remove the damaged or broken glass.

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Is the window glass broken?

If the glass is broken or damaged, you can replace the fitted glass because most window sashes have glazing stops which allow access to remove the broken glass.

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Is there condensation between the panes?

If you see fog or condensation accumulating in between two or more panes of glass, it means the gas or air which served as insulation, is gone, so then the seal is broken. Seal failure not only allows moisture to set in, but mould to develop, and mineral deposits to seep in between the layers of glass. This makes it appear dirty or foggy.

Are you plagued with high heating and cooling bills?

Then it’s time to learn Energy Efficiency 101. Look for that LABEL from The National Fenestration Rating Council and your ENERGY STAR® answers all your questions about energy efficiency including: TVs, Computer Monitors, certified Light Fixtures and Bulbs, Appliances, Smart Thermostats, certified Heat pump Water Heater, and some Federal Tax Credits.

Here are the important facts which are included for every new manufactured window

VLT (Visible Light Transmittance) measures how much light comes through and how well a product is designed to effectively light your home with daylight, potentially saving you money on artificial lighting.

The higher the number, the more natural light is let in. Range: 0-1 Look for: High numbers.
SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient) measures how well a product can resist unwanted heat gain, which is especially important during summer cooling season. The lower the SHGC rating number, the less you’ll spend on cooling and the better the ability of the window to block the heat from the sun. Range: 0-

1 Look for: Low numbers

Windows and doors which have a Low-e glass coating reflect the majority of UV (UltraViolet) radiation. It both absorbs and reflects part of the sun’s radiation (the reflected portion goes back into the outdoors), while allowing the transmittance of important visible “daylight” into the house.

Each layer of glass also provides more surfaces for low-E coatings. While they let through most of the light humans can see, they block much of the heat-intensive INFRARED light, thus improving the window’s insulating value. The gas or combination of gases affects the window’s overall thermal performance.

U-Factor (Air-to-air Thermal Conductance of Glass) ratings are between 0.20 and 1.20. The lower the U-Factor, the more effective at keeping heat in. It’s particularly important during the winter heating season. It’s more than conductivity. It also is affected by the airflow around the window and the emissivity of the glass.

Emissivity is the ability of a product to absorb certain types of energy (specifically infrared) and radiate that energy through itself and out of a room. A product with high emissivity, such as one pane of clear glass, will transfer over 84% of the infrared energy from a warm room outside to the cold air. The lower the conductivity and emissivity of the glass, the lower the rate of heat loss and the lower the U-factor.

Windows have up to a 30% heat gain/loss (fenestration) so it’s best to replace with High Performance Low-e insulated, tempered Glass or SageGlass® Unplugged™ Tintable Glass (wireless controller used for controlling the tint).

Double panes of glass, are filled with gases such as argon and krypton which are effective insulators. Both are inert, non-toxic, clear, and odorless. Krypton can be used when the space between glazing layers must be thin—about ¼ inch. It has better thermal performance than argon but is also more costly. Argon can be used when the spacing can be a bit larger—1/2 inch. Sometimes it is mixed with krypton to keep cost low while increasing thermal performance.The more enclosed spaces the window has, the less heat can escape.

signs it is time to replace home windows

What if there is Water Infiltration/Leakage?

Look for pooling. You can weatherstrip or caulk but if the window is old, it probably won’t last so you should look into an affordable option. Another reason is if the existing frame is wood, there may be rot. If it’s aluminum, it may be bent. A more affordable and durable option would be vinyl. Vinyl should be installed in the summer.

What if you find an Air Leak around the window? Look around the Frame. Cracks and gaps are “telltale” signs. You may have to replace both the Frame and Sash, in addition to the window, if there are pockets of air leaking. There are several options available.

What if I can’t afford a new double-pane insulated window?

If you can’t afford to upgrade to a newer window, you should look into Storm Windows. Any newly installed window has to be in compliance with IRC, IECC and IBC code.

I bought an older home and the windows are painted shut. Do I just get the window replaced?

They will remove the frame and sash. The windows may need cladding around the exterior wall beforehand. A weather-tight building exterior and thermal envelope is essential before installing the window and flash for it.

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I have a historic home and the casement windows are rotted and worn

They have antique hardware (cranks and operators). Should you replace everything or can you work to restore it with several options?

Restoration is much different than Replacement. The crank arm, housing brackets and the operator motor itself, this is just one aspect. I think restoring with storm windows could be an option.You can restore it or you can get all new hardware with new casement windows and a tilt sash, making it easier to clean.

Outdoor noises are getting in and it’s becoming a huge problem

What do I need to do in order to soundproof a window?

If you want to soundproof your window, Indow® Acoustic Grade interior inserts reduce the outside noise up to 70%. It’s imperative that any glass should be effective at blocking drafts or any air leakage that might occur.

TIP: If you want to Keep a uniform temperature inside? You can replace the glass inside the frame if the frame hasn’t deteriorated.

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How can old office windows be replaced?

Viraspan™ is a type of glass composed of finely ground glass particles fired in a tempering furnace until the ceramic frit paint coating is fused on the glass. There are two other types of glass which are Starphire Ultra-Clear™ with its blue edge and Clarvista® Glass with Walker Textures®. It’s an Acid-etched Glass coating with different finishes available such as Satinlite, Satin, Velour or Opaque finish.

If your windows suffer the effects of sea salt, humidity, or coastal winds, consider Integrity windows made with Ultrex® fiberglass. These windows resist corrosion, they won’t crack, dent, chip, or peel and remain stable in extreme temperatures because of a material that expands at the same rate as glass.

Lastly, a Security locking system supports you from burglary and other bad things

Improperly fitted old windows are more susceptible to forced entry. Properly fitting replacement windows and doors eliminate the drafts that allow dust and allergens into your home as well as providing security.

Most importantly, installing larger windows has a visual aesthetic and health benefits. According to the Lighting Research Center, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort, plus help regulate your circadian rhythms for better general wellness.

Leave your worries behind and let us take care of all your window needs! Associated Glass has been providing residential and commercial glass services in Snohomish and Lynnwood since 1959. We’re a family owned business and our customers love us. Call (425) 778-2174 in Lynnwood or (360) 568-0525 to reach our Snohomish location.