Waking into your house, you see windows that don’t show off your new home.

No one wants to replace windows. That’s too expensive.

But everyone has that one window that hasn’t been used since the 90s because it’s stuck.

Windows are the one thing in any house that can raise your value and let the light shine in your new paint job — and furniture.

But how do you know if it’s time to replace them, or at least one of them?

The one thing with windows is that they not only help the appearance inside your home but also boost that curb appeal.

Here are a few tips to see if you need to upgrade.


Observe your windows.

The first sign is that the window is difficult to operate. A good window should be easy to use.

The next thing you should look for is drafts or poor energy efficiency, according to If your window is leaking anything, you are no doubt shoving money out the window as well.

Single-pane windows are often found in warmer climates, but they are not efficient at keeping the heat or air conditioning from leaking out.

Another sign the window needs replacement is a fading interior. This is not only for looks but may signify that the window is leaking.

Check for outdoor noise. Good windows will keep the motorcycle sound out of your living room unless you are watching an action movie.

The most obvious signs you need to replace a window are damage: broken glass, or condensation between windows.

This is a sure sign there is a leak.


There is no honest answer to this.

But let’s give it a go.

There are many factors when considering how long a window will last.

Some cheap windows may only last ten years.

But the best window known for its longevity is a wood window. These can last up to 40 years, according to Pella.

But that’s not the only thing to go by.

Let’s take a look at what you have in your home.

You may have very durable fiberglass windows. But many people these days have vinyl windows. There is not much maintenance to these, and they often tip in for cleaning.

You may also want to consider the climate you live in, or maybe the last owners did not correctly install some windows.


Like most things these days — there are lots of choices.

Windows can be one of the leading choices on how you want your home to look. So here are a few common types of windows to choose from:

  • Casement windows: These are traditional-style windows that are hinged on the outside of the structure.
  • Awning windows: These open with a crank and add style.
  • Double: These open on the top or the bottom and are often found in bedrooms.
  • Bay windows: This offers a touch of luxury.
  • Picture windows: This is a large window for a mountain or ocean view.
  • Slider window: Great in a kitchen.
  • Single window: The standard where the bottom slides up.


This is a sure sign of water damage.

While this may be the window’s fault, it also can be from not closing them. You can solve this problem with vinyl windows. But also, if the rotten window trim is not part of the window, it can easily be fixed with new trim.


You can spend anywhere from $200 for a cheap window to thousands for something stunning. But what does it cost to replace the average window in your home?

That’s a great question. And has many answers.

The average cost to replace a window is $600 to $950, considering that labor will be about $100 to $300 per window, according to

Bay windows are great but can cost $4,000 and up. Budgeting is key.


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