There's A Storm Brewing: Signs It's Time To Replace Your Storm Windows

If you had storm windows installed on your home years ago, you might have expected them to last forever. However, that's not the case. Storm windows wear out and lose their effectiveness after a while. When they do, they'll no longer provide you with the storm protection or energy efficiency you need or want. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to tell when your storm windows need replacing, especially if you don't know what you're looking for. Here are four simple ways to tell if it's time to replace your storm windows. 

The Frames are Bare Aluminum Color

You can tell a lot about your storm windows by looking at the frames. Years ago, storm windows were all constructed using the same bare aluminum frames. Unfortunately, the mere age of those windows points to their inability to maintain adequate storm protection. Take a look at your storm windows. If the frames are bare aluminum, it's time to have your storm windows replaced. 

The Gaskets Are Dried and Cracking

The frames may not be bare aluminum, but that doesn't mean your storm windows shouldn't be replaced. There are still areas of your storm windows that have sustained age or weather-related damage. This is particularly true of the gaskets. Storm windows have rubber gaskets that hold the glass securely in place. Over time, the gaskets will wear out and become ineffective. When that happens, they'll look dried out and cracked. If you're not sure about the condition of your current storm windows, take close look at the gaskets. If the gaskets are dried out, or you can see signs of obvious cracking, you need to have your storm windows replaced. 

The Windows Rattle in the Wind

Storm windows are designed to protect your home from a variety of weather-related concerns, including strong winds and heavy snow fall. Unfortunately, old and outdated storm windows can't always stand up to the pressure, especially where strong winds are concerned. If your storm windows have begun to rattle every time a wind storm blows through, it's time to replace them. The rattling is a strong indication that they no longer fit properly. 

The Cold Air Comes Through

Finally, your storm windows are designed to keep the cold air out of your home. Unfortunately, old age can wear out the strength of the glass. As that happens, your windows will have a harder time providing an adequate barrier between your home and the cold air. If you can feel cold air coming through the glass on your storm windows, it's time for a replacement.

If you have questions regarding the state of your windows and whether or not you should replace them reach out to a professional window company like Southern Glass & Mirror.