Recognizing When It’s Time For To Replace Your Windows in South Florida

Recognizing when to replace your windows is very important in South Florida, given the high humidity, scorching heat, and the occasional tropical storm. Keeping your windows in tip-top shape helps ensure your safety and comfort, as well as your home’s aesthetic is kept up to snuff. 

But how can you tell when to say out with the old dilapidated windows and in with the new? Let’s go over a few reasons window replacement may or may not be an option best suited for you.

The Most Common Signs That You Need Window Replacement in Florida

Windows are fragile and can become worn and damaged over time, especially in a harsh environment like South Florida. 

Here are the most common reasons why our customers in South Florida need window replacement

  • Drafts that are very noticeable or cause temperature fluctuations.
  • Problems opening or closing your windows
  • Visible damage such as cracks in glass or rotting frames
  • Condensation builds between window panes
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Do You Need To Replace Your Windows If You Have A Draft?

Have you noticed a small draft when you sit down at your couch, or desk?

In most cases, small drafts are not cause for concern, but if you start to feel dramatic temperature differences near the source of the draft, can feel the wind flowing from the edges of your window, or otherwise can tell that your window is “breathing” more than it should be, it might be time to replace your windows.

The sealant around the window frame may have degraded, or the window structure could have gaps. 

Drafts make your home a bit more uncomfortable and are also bad for your AC system. An overworked A/C leads to faster degradation of your climate system. South Florida’s warm climate is already brutal on your climate control system; there is no reason to let drafts affect your comfort—or your wallet.

Please speak to one of our window replacement experts for a free consultation for hurricane windows.

Do You Need Your Windows Replaced If You Have Problems Opening Or Closing Them?

Windows that stick or jam are frustrating, but even more importantly, they pose a significant safety hazard in the event of a fire or hurricane, especially common in South Florida.

But what causes the difficulty in opening and closing your windows, and when should you consider window replacement?

For wooden-framed windows, warping of the window frames is the most likely cause, and South Florida’s high humidity and and heat is the most likely culprit. 

For older metal-frame windows, the buildup of rust and dirt is likely the culprit. Try cleaning and lubricating your window frames and see if the problem persists.

If You Can’t Open Or Close Your Window, It May Be Time For New Windows

Additionally, it is far more likely that you will need to replace your windows if you experience this problem on a window with a wooden frame, as the most likely cause is a warped frame. This problem is rarely repairable without a window replacement.

If you experience this problem with a metal-frame window, you should try cleaning and lubricating your window tracks to see if the problem persists. If it does continue, consider getting the window serviced or talk to one of our hurricane window replacement experts for a free consultation.

Do You Need Window Replacement For Visible Damage (Cracks in Glass, Rotting Frames, etc.)

In most cases, visible damage to the window itself is the most evident key sign that tells us if a window needs to be replaced.

The structural integrity of your window system is vital for it to perform its job, and once a crack is found in either the glass or the frame, it will just be a matter of time before it gets worse (and you definitely do not want to be stuck with an unsafe window during hurricane season.)

In South Florida, the beating sun can slowly eat away at your window frames, and our frequent storms can blow the wrong piece of debris in just the right spot to damage your window.

Wooden window frames are particularly vulnerable to rotting due to the high humidity and rain. Having your window replaced sooner rather than later is always recommended.

Is Condensation Between Panes A Sign To Replace Your Windows?

If condensation starts to build between your window glass, it’s usually a telltale sign that your window seal is starting to fail.

When your window’s seal fails, it is all too easy for moisture to penetrate the window’s glazing, leading to nasty problems such as mold growth, decreased visibility, and accelerated heat transfer.

Preventing seal issues is critical in South Florida, where humidity levels are high. Addressing condensation quickly can help preserve the integrity of your windows and prevent problems later on.

How Often Should Windows Be Replaced in South Florida?

We typically recommend that South Floridians have their windows inspected every 15-20 years to ensure their homes are not only safe and comfortable but also hurricane-ready.

South Florida is a harsh environment for all parts of your home, including your windows. Several factors influence the average time in which windows will need replacement.

  • Sunlight exposure
  • Humidity exposure
  • Salt exposure

Generally, most homes in South Florida should be evaluated every 15 to 20 years for the potential need for window replacement. However, this timeframe could vary based on the material used to construct your window frame and the proximity of your home to the coast.

For instance;

  • Wooden frames may deteriorate faster due to humidity and temperature fluctuations.
  • Metal-frame windows will deteriorate faster if your home is close to the coast, where there is more salt in the air.

Staying on top of window maintenance now prevents the need for window replacement later. But staying on top of window replacement now prevents even larger issues later.

If your windows have already reached end-of-life, consider window replacement. When the time comes for you to need your windows replaced, we recommend selecting windows that are more suited for Florida’s brutal environment.

There is a silver lining for South Florida residents needing to replace their windows. Window replacement offers a golden opportunity to upgrade to hurricane-resistant windows.

Hurricane windows are rated to withstand Category 5 force winds and can give you a greater sense of peace of mind whenever hurricane season comes around. More importantly, hurricane shutters are often more cost-effective in the long run than installing traditional windows and hurricane protection separately. 

Hurricane window replacement offers better security, enhanced energy efficiency, and reduced exterior noise, making them an excellent investment for new and existing homes. 

Most homes and families can also benefit from lower insurance premiums. as most insurance companies offer wind-mitigation discounts for homeowners with effective hurricane mitigation measures such as hurricane windows.

Talk to one of our hurricane window experts today to get a free quote for hurricane windows.

So When Should South Florida Homeowners Look Into Window Replacement?

Understanding when to replace your windows and, more importantly, choosing the right type of windows to purchase makes all the difference in keeping your home comfortable and, most importantly, safe in South Florida.

Especially given Florida’s tropical weather problem, it is wise to opt for window replacement with hurricane-resistant features, where you can knock out two birds with one stone.

If you have any questions or want a free consultation for hurricane window replacement, contact us.

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