5 Signs That Your Wooden Window Frames Need to Be Replaced
Even the best quality frames have a lifespan, and although modern wooden window frames have a life expectancy of up to 60 years, many homes are fitted with older, inferior frames. Thankfully, there are several tell-tale signs to let you know when it’s time to upgrade, and with benefits such as lower energy bills, increased home value and better comfort, who wouldn’t want to make the change?
Visible Signs of Rot and Decay
Wooden windows might have the “wow” factor when it comes to appearances, but unfortunately, this comes with an added price. Wooden window frames require annual maintenance to keep rot at bay and even with regular upkeep, they will eventually lose their ability to resist moisture. When this happens, you will notice the paint starting to separate from the wood. This progresses to more obvious signs of the frames crumbling and decaying.
High Energy Bills
Electrical items are often the scapegoat when it comes to high energy bills, but many people don’t realise that the true culprit is often much less obvious. As wooden windows age, gaps may occur in the frames, leading to drafts and loss or gain of heat. Along with this, many older windows are only single glazed, which results in further inefficiency and energy loss.
If your bill seems disproportionately high, try standing beside your windows to see if you feel a noticeable cool breeze. Visually inspect the frame for gaps and touch the windowpane to see how it feels. If it is cold to the touch, then energy loss is likely.
Signs of Termite Damage
Decaying wooden window frames are a prime target for termites, and an infestation can quickly run rampant and cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your whole home if it isn’t curbed in time. Termite infestations are easily recognisable- you will notice tiny insects swarming around your windows and discarding their wings on the sills. Hard black balls of termite droppings (also known as ‘frass’) will also be present in and around the frames. Holes in the wood are usually a late-stage sign of a termite invasion.
Windows are Difficult to Open or Close
When wooden window frames begin to take on moisture they swell, making them more difficult to open and close. Bowing and warping of the wood also occurs over time due to elemental forces, making the frames stick and rub against each other. Jammed windows impair ventilation, but more importantly, they pose a health and safety risk in the event of an emergency as they cannot be used as an escape point.
Excessive Noise from Outside
Ageing wooden window frames create a poor sound barrier between your home and the outside world. Couple this with older single glazed glass and your front room could potentially become a hotbed of noise pollution. Who wants to come home after a busy day and listen to the sounds of other people’s lives?
Here at Valley Windows, we supply a large range of high-quality aluminium and timber windows and doors. Our extensive selection caters for all styles and budgets, meaning there is something for everyone. Call us on 03 9594800, or alternatively, drop us a line here and we’ll get back to you.