Examining the Inefficient Characteristics of Older Windows

  A pair of old, white window frames afflicted with rust.

For many older homes, old wooden-framed windows bring an irresistibly rustic charm. However, when choosing between charm and saving money on energy, more and more homeowners are choosing efficiency when it comes to replacement windows. Here’s a brief look at the inefficient characteristics of older windows:

Inferior Insulation: Though old-style wooden windows create a unique aesthetic, they can let in a lot of cold air. If you’ve ever felt a draft while standing next to your home’s old windows, this indicates a small crack or seal failure that is allowing precious warm air to escape. In order to save money on your next energy bill, you should strongly consider replacing your old wooden windows with new vinyl ones.

Outdated Glass: Over the last several decades, glass has seen a number of substantial upgrades. While the glass of yesterday was nothing more than a single transparent sheet, the Low-E glass of today has a special coating that traps heat within your home during the winter and repels unwanted solar energy during the summer. Many double-pane windows also feature gas insulation.

Mold and Deterioration: Though wood is a fine material that lasts for decades, it carries the disadvantage of eventual rot and deterioration. Once the seals of your wood panel fail, your windows could develop condensation between the panes, which then invites mold into your home and rots the window casing itself.

Difficulty Opening and Closing: Classic double-hung windows can be found all over the country. Unfortunately, those that are over 50 years old can be very difficult to open and close. Modern vinyl windows, on the other hand, glide open and shut with minimal effort.

If you’re interested in getting rid of your old, inefficient windows, contact Wallside Windows today. Our experts would be happy to take a look at your current windows and offer you modern, energy-efficient alternatives. Don’t let your money literally go out the window—call us today at (313) 292-4400.