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Old 06-10-2014, 08:57 PM   #1
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When is it time to replace windows?


Our home as built in '97. We're the second owners. Overall our windows are fine. They work well. A few of them have issues closing at times, but nothing major. When is time to replace windows overall? These are going on 18 years.

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What type of issues as far as it pertains to closing?

Somethings are serviceable, some are not. Really depends on what the issue is.

There is a tipping point where it becomes cost prohibitive to fix them.

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What type of issues as far as it pertains to closing? Somethings are serviceable, some are not. Really depends on what the issue is. There is a tipping point where it becomes cost prohibitive to fix them.
Sometimes when you open the window and then when you close it down and latch it shut....there is a little gap on the window still, meaning a draft are coming through unless you close it really really tight and slam it shut.
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Wooden windows?
If so some of the common causes can be there's no primer and paint on the out side edges of the sashes so there expanding from moisture.
Someone painted the tracks where the windows ride up and down, there not suppose to be painted.
Built up paint on the back side of the window stool causing it to bind.
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Wooden windows? If so some of the common causes can be there's no primer and paint on the out side edges of the sashes so there expanding from moisture. Someone painted the tracks where the windows ride up and down, there not suppose to be painted. Built up paint on the back side of the window stool causing it to bind.
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its time to replace them when you want to...
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I have some windows that are over 80 years old. I didn't know they had an expire date.
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I have some windows that are over 80 years old. I didn't know they had an expire date.
Understood. Some people who built their home like my neighbor probably put in cheap windows originally.
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There is no real adjustment or fixing them at this point. Probably as much a function of a poor install to be honest here.

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I have some windows that are over 80 years old. I didn't know they had an expire date.
Give me some 80 year old, hard, good wood windows, I wouldn't replace them either.

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If you live in the north...next winter put a glass of water next to the window....if the water freezes overnight....you need new windows.
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Give me some 80 year old, hard, good wood windows, I wouldn't replace them either.
Most of mine still have wavy glass.
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Most of mine still have wavy glass.
You wouldn't believe me if I told you how much that option (if even available) costs these days.
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my old windows had wavy glass. i still have the main picture window that has leaded glass at the top.
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At 18 years I'd say you are around the useful life expectancy of a low end window... That said, when you should replace them depends on how badly they leak and, when budget will allow, and when you simply get fed up with their poor condition and operation. They are not going to rot out, so if they are rarely used and you are not concerned too much about efficiency, they could potentially sit there for another 10+ years.
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Triple-paned windows are simply the most energy efficient windows out there. Vinyl is the best insulator for your window panes though they doesn't look good. A relatively new option for homeowners buying replacement windows is fiberglass.

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