Buying a New Home? What to Look for in the Windows

Buying a new home is an exciting time. You’ve started your search and are enjoying seeing what’s out there in your dream neighborhood. With each house, you feel like you’re getting closer and closer to the ideal abode. But that doesn’t mean you’ll find one home that is 100% perfect.

Unless you’re starting from scratch, every home has some cons along with plenty of pros. The trick is finding what feels right and balancing it with repair and remodeling concessions that you feel comfortable making.

Along with investigating, exploring, and evaluating the roof, the HVAC system, and whether the plumbing works well, you also need to decide whether the windows have what you want or not. What questions do you need to ask about the windows in your new potential home? Take a look at some of the most common concerns that home buyers have.

How Old Are the Windows?

Just because the windows look clear, clean, and shiny doesn’t mean they’re new. A well-cared-for window can look almost new, but may not have the lifespan left in it (or the energy-efficiency) of a recently installed model.

Knowing how old the windows are gives you a clue as to how well they’ll serve you. It also helps you to know if you’ll have to make a major investment, in new windows, soon. The life expectancy range of a window depends on several factors, such as what it’s made from and how well the previous owner or owners have cared for it.

The average double-pane window can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years. This doesn’t mean that it immediately requires replacement in year 31. But if it’s at the upper end of its lifespan and has other issues, you may be looking for a replacement soon after moving in.

How Energy-Efficient Are the Windows?

Windows don’t just let you see outside of your home. They also help to keep the elements out and the cooled or heated air in. New ENERGY STAR certified windows can save an average of 12% on energy-related costs.

Multi-pane windows are insulated with gas sandwiched between the glass panes. These windows can protect the home and increase energy-efficiency. If your soon-to-be or possible home has older, single-pane windows, it’s likely that they aren’t energy efficient. But if you see more than one pane of glass, the windows are likely to hold in the heat and cooling without breaking your budget.

If the homeowner knows what some of the window’s energy performance ratings are, such as u-factor and the solar heat gain coefficient, are you’ll get a better idea of the efficiency.

Are There Any Maintenance or Damage Issues?

A chip in the corner of the window isn’t something that you’ll obviously notice during a home walkthrough. But that doesn’t mean you don’t need to know about it. Look at the homeowner’s disclosure to assess how well the windows work.

If the windows have cracks or chips, consider what this means for you as the potential home buyer. Cracks can quickly spread, causing major damage. What seems like a minor or insignificant line in your window may end up shattering it over time.

What Shape Are the Frames In?

It’s easy to give all your attention to the glass, forgetting about what’s holding it in. But the frames are important when it comes to how your windows function. Gaps, holes, or cracks in frames mean that your indoor air can leak out and the outside air can get in.

Are you buying a new home? Do you need to replace the windows or doors? Lake Home Doors offer designer options for your new housing adventure. Contact us today for an estimate and window inspection.‚Äč