A house is a place that keeps you and your family protected from harsh weather. There are several components that help keep things like wind and rain out of your house. While most people pay most attention to the roof, don’t forget about your windows.

Windows have a service life; Their working efficiency decreases with each year, and eventually they are no longer able to provide protection to the house.

How will you know it’s time for new windows? What are some signs?

Here are some things to consider…

#1 The Windows Are Unable To Keep Outside Noise Under Control

Usually windows cancel out all (or most of) the outside noise so that you feel peaceful inside your house. When you can hear a lot of outside noise, though, it means that the windows are not able to provide complete protection from those sounds. This is an indication that the sealing of the windows is not working as efficiently as expected. Consider getting new windows with triple pane protection; They should be insulated with strong argon gas. Strong new windows have the capability to protect you from hearing outside noise that comes from the road or neighborhood.

#2 Do You Feel A Draft?

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Another important sign that you need to get your windows replaced is that you consistently hear the wind coming through cracks present in the windows. Sometimes cold wind also enters the house even when the windows are perfectly closed. When you are unable to get protection from a drafty breeze, there can be two explanations: either the windows are very old and have lost their ability to protect the house or the installation of the windows was not performed properly. In such a situation, get help from professionals to get your windows inspected and, if needed, replaced.

#3 The Frames Of The Windows Show Signs Of Water Damage

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Do you notice damages caused to the windows due to excessive water leaks or moisture content? When the frames of windows are frequently in contact with moisture or water, then they start to rot from within and become weak. When this happens, they can break off easily during a thunderstorm or hailstorm and won’t be able to provide any protection to the house or family inside. Look for water damage to the frames of your windows and if you notice some, have a professional assess what’s going on.

#4 You Notice A Sudden Increase In Utility Bills

If your house has drafty windows, or installation was done poorly, or the windows are old, this can bring a drastic change to the temperature of the house. This, in turn, will have an impact on the HVAC system. The HVAC system will work harder to keep the temperature under control and this will increase your utility bills. If you notice a sudden increase in your utility bills, it might be time to replace your windows.


Just like the roof does, windows play a significant role in keeping a house protected from all sorts of weather, including storms. Windows aren’t meant to last forever. Eventually it’s time to replace windows, and when you need to do so in the Minneapolis area, call SMC Construction at 763-300-5519 for info.