How Often Should You Replace Your Windows? 7 Signs Your Windows Need Replacing


Does the picture above look a little familiar? Are you struggling with condensation on your old existing windows? Home renovations are a good investment for homeowners. However, people often overlook window replacement for fear it may be too expensive. However, windows play a crucial role in the energy efficiency, security, and appearance of your home. It can be frustrating when your old windows start to fail, but signs like condensation are indicators that your windows need to be replaced. Here, we will explore the signs that mean windows may need replacing. Stay ahead of any major problems that may come along with our handy guide.

Here at Brackenwood, we are passionate about creating energy-efficient homes that look good and that are secure. You should not have to keep replacing your windows, but renewing your old or existing windows could really make a difference to you.

As windows are important in a home, newly installed windows can have a positive impact on many aspects that affect your life. They can affect your home’s insulation, noise reduction, security, and your home’s value. By knowing the signs and benefits of replacing your windows, you can ensure that your home remains energy-efficient, secure, and looks good. So, how often do you really have to replace your windows, and what are the signs to look out for?

7 Signs Your Windows Need Replacing

Old windows that start to deteriorate can create problems for homeowners. Here are 7 signs to look out for that may mean that your old windows are not doing the same job they once were:

  • Cracks appearing in the frames, the glass, or even the wall.
  • The seals have begun to warp or break away.
  • The glass is fogging up, or there is a lot of condensation between the double-glazed panes.
  • It is hard to open or close your windows.
  • You are feeling a draught.
  • The room is uncomfortable – particularly in colder temperatures.
  • More noise is coming in from outside, and you can hear your family talking indoors clearly when you are outside in your garden.

These are all telltale signs that it is time to replace your windows. Not only can these issues impact the look of your home, but older windows may also be less energy-efficient. This means that you may be paying more on energy bills each month, and that your old double glazing windows are failing.

What If My Windows Aren’t That Old?

The fact is, your windows might not even need to be that old. You may find that in your modern home, windows that you or a previous owner had recently installed are failing. This will be down to poor installation and shoddy workmanship. Unfortunately, in these cases, Brackenwood cannot simply ‘fix’ this type of installation, but we can be on hand to renew your windows with BSI kitemark-approved products, FENSA-approved installers, and precision engineering – all backed by our ten-year guarantee and affordable with our Smart Pay financing option. So, rest assured, you do not have to go it alone. Find out more about this and other current offers HERE.

Do not ignore the warning signs of failing windows. Although it may seem like an unnecessary expense, replacing your deteriorating windows can provide long-term benefits and improve your quality of life at home. Contact Brackenwood, today, to discuss your replacement window options, and take the first step towards a more comfortable and cost-efficient home.

Improved Home Insulation and Noise Reduction

Replacing old windows not only enhances the look of your home, but also provides better insulation and noise reduction. You do not want to hear your neighbours outside in their garden chatting every day, do you?! Superior insulation is possible, with Brackenwood’s double glazing. You can read more about it in our blog HERE. This feature helps in maintaining a comfortable temperature inside your home and reducing your heating bills. It is still more popular today than triple glazing, for example, because it has a lower price point than triple glazed windows, but it is still just as effective.

With newly-fitted double glazing in your home, you will not feel a draught any longer. You will not see the cracking or warping or the materials around the window. Also, you will certainly not be paying as much to heat your home as you were. The correct insulation is so important for your home, because it keeps your family warm. It also means that you can expect a higher price when it comes to selling up, because Brackenwood’s certification means that new homeowners will also see the benefits of the work you have done.

With improved insulation and noise reduction features, new windows can help you create a comfortable and secure living environment. Contact us, today, to find out more.

Home Security and Value

Replacing old, worn-out windows is not just necessary for improving insulation and reducing noise levels. It is also crucial for enhancing your home’s security and value. Old windows can be easily compromised, providing easy entry points for burglars. New, high-quality windows are more difficult to penetrate.

Brackenwood’s multi-point locking systems provide superior security on all our window options including:

  • Casement
  • Flush Casement
  • Tilt Turn
  • Bay and Bow
  • Sliding Sash

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Replacing your old windows with new ones can also contribute to your home’s overall value. In fact, investing in new windows is considered one of the best home renovation projects that homeowners can do, with the potential to substantially increase a home’s resale value – a sound investment for any home.

Choosing the Right Installer

Choosing the right window installer is of utmost importance when it comes to replacing windows. Window installation should be done correctly to ensure that they are airtight, secure and well-insulated. Brackenwood is a reputable window installer that offers a 10-year guarantee on all our window installations, providing you with peace of mind throughout the entire process. Our experienced design team will guide you in choosing the best windows for your home. They will take accurate measurements, and install your replacement windows quickly and efficiently.

With over 30 years of experience, Brackenwood is known for its exceptional customer service, transparent pricing, and use of high-quality materials. We take pride in treating our customers with integrity and respect, ensuring that all their customers’ needs are met. Our team of highly-skilled installers is trained to work with precision and care, ensuring that the windows are installed correctly, and their lifespan is maximised. That is why we are trusted and approved by FENSA.

When replacing your windows, it is essential to choose a reliable and trustworthy installer. Brackenwood is a company that values your custom and we want to ensure that you receive the best possible experience and value when replacing your windows. Contact Brackenwood for all your window installation needs. You will be rewarded with quality service, exceptional products, and a trustworthy 10-year guarantee.

When to Replace Your Windows

Most windows have a lifespan of approximately 20 to 25 years, after which they will start to deteriorate. In fact, some of the windows we installed in the late 1980’s and early ‘90’s are still in use today. However, factors like material, maintenance, location, and weather exposure can affect their longevity.

If your current windows are over 20-25 years old, we highly recommend having them evaluated soon by one of our professional window installers. They can help determine if replacement is necessary or if a simple repair will suffice. Do not wait too long to replace your windows. The longer you wait, the more it could cost you in energy bills and home repairs.


Replacing your windows is an investment that can enhance the appearance, energy efficiency, and value of your home. By knowing the signs of wear and tear such as cracks, warping, fogging, and difficulty opening or closing, you can take action.

At Brackenwood, lots of customers come to us as a last resort, when they are paying too much for their energy bills, or when their home is so cold and unbearable that they do not use their space any more.

With Brackenwood’s 10-year guarantee on all window installations, you can rest assured that you will be treated with integrity and respect throughout the process of replacing your windows. The process will be quick and easy and will lead to improved insulation and noise reduction, improved home security, and added value to your property.

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