When Should You Replace Windows and Doors

When Should You Replace Windows and Doors?

When thinking about home security, you may not think about your windows and doors at first, but make no mistake your windows and doors are some of the most important pieces of your home’s security. Having reliable, well-functioning, damage free windows and doors is key to having a safe and secure home. After some time, your windows and doors will begin to show signs of wear and tear and even develop some faults. If you are not inspecting your windows and doors on a regular basis, you may not notice these faults leaving your home and your family susceptible to potential security breaches.

If you are thinking, windows and doors inspection, where do I begin? We got you. Below we will outline five items to look out for when inspecting the condition of your windows and doors.


Wear and tear can cause several issues for your windows and doors, but the most obvious issue is with the overall operation. If you are facing difficulty opening and closing your windows or doors, it can be a frustrating experience. Chances are you need to put some elbow grease into securely closing them and additional effort in pulling them open. The problem with windows and doors that are tough to open and close, is that you can never be 100% confident that they are closed securely. For obvious reasons, an entry way into your home that is not closing properly poses a big security risk, amongst other issues.

Pest Infestation

Insects are tiny creatures that will find the smallest entry in your home and take advantage of it for as long as they can. A pest infestation can be a sign of damage such as a crack, a warp or a broken seal within your windows or doors. These pest entryways may get larger over time as pests traverse through them, making them accessible to larger pests and the cycle will continue until the issue is dealt with.

Loud Noises

Your home should be pretty soundproof when your windows and doors are closed. Yes, you may hear the odd horn honking or loud shouting, but you shouldn’t be disturbed by people walking by or the dog down the street barking. If you have been in your home and have had your relax and unwind time interrupted, there is probably an issue with either your windows, doors or both.

Hot and Colds Spots in Your Home

Noticing a distinct change in temperature in your home is never a good sign. Chances are if you are experiencing cold or hot spots in your home, they are fairly close to a door or a window. This is because a damaged window or door can no longer keep the outside temperatures at bay, this leads to cool and warm air to pass through causing a change in temperature. Not only will this cause you some discomfort, but it will cause your heating and cooling systems to work longer and harder to try and maintain your home’s internal temperature which in turn will lead to increased energy consumption and increased bills.

Visible Damage

Nothing screams out “take advantage” more than a broken window or door. Visible damage is like an invitation to burglars as it represents an easy access point to your home. Physical damage such as broken frames or cracked glass can cause all of the issues outlined above as well as being a major security risk.

If you were looking for a reason as to why replace your windows and doors? Safety and security should be enough, but increased energy bills, personal comfort, and pests all fall under this category as well.

How Can I Make the Front of My House Look Better?

The outside aesthetic of your home plays a major role in the impression guests and passerbys have of your home and on your property’s overall value. The external appearance of a home may also affect the property value of the other homes on their street. A well-kept, appealing home, shows pride of ownership and helps increase the perceived value of a home or neighbourhood. Many Real Estate agents advise homeowners to keep their home and yard neat and aesthetically pleasing to help improve the value of houses in the neighborhood.

You don’t need to have the most appealing exterior on your street to reap the rewards associated with great curb appeal.

The question now, is how can I improve the front of my house?

Below we will highlight a few simple ways to increase your home’s curb appeal:

1. Update Your Windows and Doors

Your windows and doors are some of the most visible aspects of your home. Anyone walking by or walking up to your home will be exposed to your windows and doors. When they get to the front door, if you take a few extra moments before you can answer the door, it's something your visitors will be looking at for a good amount of time. You can spruce up your doorway by adding lighting and adding a fresh coat of paint. If your windows and doors are getting close to or have passed the 20-year mark, you may consider replacing them. This will provide a rejuvenated look and feel to your home’s exterior amongst other benefits.

2. Add Window Boxes

Flowers effortlessly add beauty to both the interior and exterior of your home. If you don't have the space to incorporate flower beds into your landscaping, a great alternative is adding window boxes. Windows boxes are small and can be made of different materials. There are plenty of options available at your local hardware store or garden store or you can choose to add a personalized touch and build them yourself. They are fairly easy, and fun DIY projects. Traditionally these boxes are placed below your window frames, but you can get creative and hang them anywhere you like.

3. Lighting

Having a bright, well-lit front entrance is more appealing and welcoming. Lights, especially during the dark will give life to your front entrance and accentuate your front porch and any decorative items you have put out. LED lighting may be the brightest option and add extra security as neighbours are able to clearly see your front entrance, but choosing a more natural hued bulb will provide a welcoming ambiance.

4. Pressure Wash Your Driveway and Walkways

Over time, dirt and debris will build up on your driveway and walkways, there isn’t an issue with this as they are meant to be walked on and driven on. However, this can take away from your home’s aesthetic appeal. Power washing these areas once or twice a year will help clear off the dirt and remove any stains, providing a refreshed look for your home.

There are many approaches you can take to achieve a more vibrant front of your home, ranging from small touches to full renovations. These are just four ways you can increase your home’s curb appeal and increase the aesthetic appeal of your front yard. Remember to have fun with your upgrade and let your design and style preferences shine through. After all you need to love your home, before anyone else can.