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26
Dec
2017

6 Signs Your Windows Are Costing You Money


How much are you spending on your windows? This may sound like a strange question. If you bought your windows a while ago, you may think that was the end of things. It isn’t. Your windows are designed to provide you with years of security, curb appeal, and energy efficiency. If your windows aren’t meeting all of those needs, then you are essentially losing money every single day.

Making some simple changes to your windows can dramatically improve their form and function. Best of all, the amount of time and money that you may have to invest in these measures in the present can be a good deal less than what you are already spending with ineffectual windows.


Are Your Windows Costing You Money?

Do you feel a chill throughout the house, even when you have the furnace running? Are you running your thermostat at a higher average temperature than you were the year before? These are two distinct possibilities that your windows are in need of repair or replacement work.


Here are 6 signs your windows are costing you money:

1. Visual gaps in the seals around your windows: If you can actually see the gaps in the seals around your windows, then you definitely have a problem. If you feel a draft near your windows, and you can’t immediately spot one or several gaps, then check the windows for any small gaps. Visual gaps are considerably more worrying though. That means you have been losing money on your windows for a while.

2. Drafts around your windows: If you feel a draft when you walk by your window, then your windows are definitely losing the warm air you are trying to keep in the house.

3. Leaks around the seals: This is another problem that can quickly move from bad to worse, if you don’t take immediate steps to rectify the situation. Leaks around the seals can severely diminish the usefulness of your windows. If you find your energy bill is climbing from one month to the next, particularly during the colder months of the year, then you may want to look for leaks around the seals of your windows.

4. Single-pane windows: The single-pane window was the standard for most homes a couple of decades ago. However, things have changed dramatically in recent years. New technology has allowed manufacturers to build windows that are considerably stronger and more efficient than their single-pane ancestors. If you have single-pane windows, it might be time to make some replacements. Dual-paned windows are particularly popular to that end.

5. Condensation/fog on the inside of your windows: If you notice condensation or fog on the inside of your windows, then the problem might come down to insulated gas leaking. Your windows may not be providing as much thermal resistance as you need from them. Cracks are another possibility, or you may be dealing with a piece of your frame becoming rotten/decayed from too much exposure to water.

6. Aluminum or metal frames: While aluminum/metal frames have some benefits, they are definitely not going to top the list of best insulation options. These frames can be powerful and light, with little in the way of maintenance demands. While there are ways to get around having aluminum frames or metal frames, the truth of the matter is that it might just be easier to have them replaced altogether. This can make for a considerable investment, so do as much research as possible.


Improving Your Windows Will Improve Your Home

Taking care of your windows will do more than protect your home’s curb appeal. You are also taking steps to ensure your home remains beautiful and efficient for years to come.

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Sanjay Tamang
3 months ago
Love our new windows and doors. We had all our windows replaced on the main floor, side door and front door, as well as the storm doors. The installation team was great. They removed the existing awning and were really great at cleaning up after the work. There were a couple of issues after the install, but the after sales service team of Alex and Walter were able to resolve it promptly. Great advice from Walter about keeping the humidity inside the house to maintain the windows, and also how to operate them properly. And thanks very much Alex and team for buying the doorbell and installing it for us, as well as fixing the bottom part of the door frames to cover holes on the flooring. Appreciate all your hard work and for going the extra mile. Will definitely recommend your company to friends, neighbors and family.
Thomas Carlyle
a month ago
NorthShield did an excellent job with our house. They were the lowest price our of 4 companies I contacted for quotes. The windows look beautiful, and the molding is very well done. The installation was very quick, they replaced all of the windows in our house in about 4 hours. They cleaned up everything completely afterwards inside and outside, you can't even tell they were here! Very professional, very high quality installation, materials and work. I would highkly recommend them.
Courtney Schappert
3 months ago
Likely a good company for windows, installers seemed competent. However for doors they seemed to have much less experience. My salesman left the company midway through the process and I wasn't informed, and turns out some miscommunication between him and I led to a product I didn't want. The door is nice, just not what I had thought I ordered, and it took about 4 months to get, so I accepted it. The paint also chipped after they left, which leaves a bad feeling (even though that's more of a manufacturer issue than NorthShield issue). I'm not saying these guys are going to be bad for you, but I'm not thrilled with my result. REPLY December 5, 2018: I had called about the paint chip and wrong door options already at the time and was told there was no recourse for me. The paint chip was there when I came home from work after the door was installed, but you provided a picture the installers took before the paint was chipped, so at that time I was told there was no recourse. The wrong options I was told was due to a salesman who took my order having left the company, and there was no paperwork showing my chosen option (no door handle hole to be cut). I will call again tomorrow and update this with the results of that conversation.
Carl To
5 months ago
Alex and the team at north shield were amazing. Great customer service, along with a great team of installers. North shield replaced my 2 front living room windows in 1 day. They even took away my awning! Highly recommended
Lois
4 months ago
Very professional workers that despite finding, no vapor barrier and wood rot on our deck, fixed it right and continued to install our very beautiful door and side light without complaint. I would highly recommend Northshield to any friends, neighbors or anyone else. I am a very Happy, Happy Gal with my beautiful new door!
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