When Should I Replace My Windows?

Knowing when to replace your home's windows isn't always as clear as it may seem. If your home is older than 15 years, it's probably a good time to replace your windows. If they are newer than that ask yourself, do you have trouble opening or closing your windows? Do you consistently find moisture on your windows' interior? Just like your appliances or roof shingles, over time, your windows and doors need to be replaced. To help you through the replacement process, Xterior Plus provides the following tips and solutions to help determine if the time to replace -- and upgrade -- is now.

Do your windows use single-pane glass?

Many older homes still use their original windows built with single-pane glass. Simply put, single-pane glass windows are not energy efficient. These old windows often freeze open or shut, and they feel cold or icy to the touch. They’re also known to develop frost on the inside of the window, which increases the chances of breakage, ultimately causing damage to your home. Dual-pane glass set a new standard for energy efficiency in windows. Today, Xterior Plus provides energy efficient windows to improve the comfort of your home, while saving you money on your energy bills.


If you live near an airport or a busy street noise can be a common concern in your home. Replacing your windows with dual-pane windows can reduce the noise transmission into your home. Many homeowners are often surprised how significant the reduction of exterior noise is once they’ve replaced their windows. Who doesn’t want more peace and quiet in their home?

Are you seeing your furniture, carpet, drapes or artwork fade away?

Ultraviolet rays entering through windows and patio doors can lead to fading of furniture, carpet, window treatments and artwork. These and other materials, especially ones with organic fabrics, are susceptible to fading when exposed to sunlight. Upgrading your windows to more energy efficient products can potentially reduce fading and extend the life of your personal and household items. Xterior Plus offers a variety of windows that offer low E glass which blocks 95 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays that can cause fading.


The annual ritual of installing and removing storm windows can be challenging and time-consuming, especially for multi-level homes. The energy efficiency of new replacement windows eliminates that annual hassle of installing and removing storm windows. Imagine how easy spring cleaning can be.

Do your windows leak water or let in too much air in the winter or summer months?

The weather conditions outside your home should not appear on the inside—a good sign that your windows need to be replaced. Inefficient windows can leak, allowing water to come into your house both in front of and behind the walls—a leading cause of mold and mildew in homes. Old, worn-out windows or patio doors often leak air, resulting in high energy bills during peak heating and cooling months. The glass may be loose or the seal between the sash and frame may be broken or may have weakened. Xterior Plus recommends replacing old single-pane windows with new windows that feature dual-pane low-E glass for substantial energy savings. You’ll see the cost for replacing failing windows is often diminished by overall household energy cost savings. Remember: if the weather outside is coming inside, you’ve got a problem.

Are your windows as beautiful as you would like them to be?

Your home is a big investment and an important part of your life. Replacing old mismatched or drab windows can vastly improve the look of your home and the value of your investment. With Xterior Plus replacement windows, you’ll enjoy instant comfort with virtually no maintenance, plus energy savings and long-lasting beauty.