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Signs You Need To Replace Your Home’s Windows

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Replacing your home’s older windows with new, energy-efficient models can pay off in terms of curb appeal and energy costs savings. Three frequent questions we hear from many of our customers are:

  1. How do I know it’s time to replace my windows?
  2. Does one type of window material last longer than the others?
  3. Do I need to replace all my windows simultaneously, or can I do one window at a time?

Here’s everything you need to know.

Is It Time To Replace Your Old Windows?

If you’re unsure if now’s the time to replace your Omaha home’s windows, these signs nearly always indicate you should.

Higher Energy Bills

When heating and cooling costs are increasing for no apparent reason, your older windows could be the cause. Try standing next to several windows on a cold day. Do you feel colder than when you stand further into the room? Is the glass cold to the touch? If the answer’s yes, drafts could be making their way inside.

Leaky windows waste heat and air conditioning, so replacing yours with newer energy-efficient models can keep costs down and your home much more comfortable.

Rotting Frames

After years of rain exposure, wooden window frames can start to decay. You may be able to see the decay clearly. Other times, you need to test the frame to see if it feels soft or has gaps in the miter joints. You also want to look for signs of water damage on the walls around each window.


A definite sign of poor window insulation, condensation occurs when the seal between two window panes is broken. If the window is foggy, but you can’t wipe away the condensation, you know the fog’s between the panes.

Although fixing the seal is sometimes possible, it doesn’t restore a window’s full insulating power like replacing the window does.

Noise Problems

A simple way to tell if a window’s performing as it should is to stand quietly by it and wait for a vehicle to drive by. If you can feel the car or truck’s vibration from inside, the window isn’t providing maximum sound abatement.


Some windows have simply reached the end of their life span. If so, it’s time for an update.

Average Life Span of Different Types of Replacement Windows

Different types of window replacement materials last different amounts of time:

  • Vinyl windows last between 20 and 40 years.
  • Fiberglass windows can last up to 50 years but come with a greater upfront investment and are more challenging to install.
  • Wooden windows have a life span of about 15 to 20 years.
  • Aluminum windows typically need replacement after 20 to 25 years.

Zen Windows Omaha offers stylish and affordable vinyl replacement windows and a limited selection of fiberglass replacement windows. Both are low-maintenance and don’t need to be sanded and refinished every few years.

Is It Better To Replace Windows One at a Time or All at Once?

Most homeowners replace their windows for three reasons:

  1. Curb appeal
  2. Window function
  3. Interior aesthetics

While it might seem like replacing only problem windows is the least expensive solution, there are other critical factors to consider.

Budget permitting, it’s often more cost-effective to have all your windows replaced at the same time. If that’s not an option, you might want to replace them in phases, changing windows on one level or side of the house over a few years.

Professional Window Installation from Zen Windows Omaha

If you need additional information on whether now’s the right time to replace your home’s windows, Zen Windows Omaha can help.

Contact us online today or call 515-207-8789 to learn more.