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Nothing lasts forever, and windows are no different. Most windows will last in the range of 10 to 20 years, but certain conditions–like storm damage or a stray baseball–can force homeowners to look for replacements much sooner than that. At Windows USA, we have over 40 years of experience installing windows, so let us take you through the signs that it’s time to replace the ones in your home.

Rotten Wood

Wood windows add a nice aesthetic to your home, but when painted or primed incorrectly or simply exposed to moisture extensively, they can rot and allow air or water to leak in. It might be possible to repair isolated cases of rot with some caulk or weatherstripping, but for more serious incidents, you should definitely replace the frames and other affected areas; consider choosing a material other than wood to avoid the issue a second time.


The aftermath of storm damage, clumsiness, or a foul ball, a broken window should be replaced as soon as possible. If you don’t want to replace the entire window, depending on the type of window and the nature of the break, you can replace just the affected pane.

Broken Seals

When your windows inexplicably fog up or develop streaks, then the seals between the double or triple panes of glass have broken, allowing air to enter and condensation to develop within the windows. This is also known as a “blown window.”

Presence of Lead Paint

Lead paint was banned in 1978, and for good reason: lead poisoning can cause nervous system damage and even death. Unfortunately, however, lead-based paint is commonly found in homes built before 1960. When lead paint is present, the friction of opening and closing certain types of windows, such as single-pane, can lead to the release of lead paint dust that can be inhaled and may cause lead poisoning. If you discover lead paint in your home, find a contractor who is EPA certified to safely remove lead paint to replace your windows, like Windows USA.

High Energy Bills

Are you frustrated with how much it costs to heat or cool your home? Your windows may be playing a part. Windows may be allowing air to leak in or out of your home, which can affect temperatures inside; when this happens, you pay more for heating or air conditioning. By replacing your home with energy efficient windows–which feature the Energy Star label–you could save as much as 15% on energy costs.

Windows USA’s Alaskan Window is the number one window in America, and it’s been installed in over 2,000,000 homes around the country. It’s also 100% Energy Star certified, so it’ll help you save money on your energy bills. With high-quality windows like the Alaskan Window and our unconditional satisfaction guarantee, the next time you need to replace your windows, give us a call!

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