12 Jul A Window Into Time: How Old Is Your Window?
There’s no shortage of home details to maintain when you own a property. From the roof to the plumbing, lawn, and more, we know that plenty of your time will be dedicated to upkeep, upkeep, upkeep.
But how often do you stop to give your windows the same attention? Moreover, do you know how old they are? After all, the older your windows, the more likely they are to need replacing.
If you’re not sure how many years have passed by looking at your glass, here’s how to figure it out:
Decoding the Answer
While it may not be your first thought, one of the places you can look to determine the age of your window — depending on the manufacturer — is actually the glass itself. This is because many windows feature a glass code, which should tell you both the name of the manufacturer and the manufacturing date.
This code will look like a long line of numbers either etched into the corner of the glass or stamped on top.
If you have a double pane window, it may also be found on a spacer channel, the likes of which separates the two panes of glass.
Other windows, however, may have a specific label either by the the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Aliiance (FGIA) — formerly known as the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) — or the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). Again, you’ll want to look for a numerical code, within which is the manufacturing date.
Senses Over Numbers
If you cannot find or identify a code anywhere on your window, there are other tell-tale signs that your window has met the end of its lifespan.
For example, have your energy bills steadily increased over time? If so, it could be because your window is no longer insulating your home properly, and needs to be replaced with a newer, more energy-efficient model.
Otherwise, keep an eye out for…
- Drafts and leaks around the window
- Cracked or deteriorated caulk around the frame(s)
- Foggy window panes
- And more
Also, try to take a moment to ask yourself: have the windows ever been replaced since you first moved in? And, if not, do you know whether the original buyer-grade windows have ever been replaced?
Replace and Renew with RBAFLA
No matter the age of your windows, if they’re no longer working for you, it’s time to replace them.
And here at Renewal by Andersen® of Florida, we remain committed to providing you with unparalleled options for your upgrade! For example, we offer High-Performance™ Low-E4® SmartSun™ glass in order to lower your energy bills and increase your overall energy efficiency.
We also provide homeowners with a wide variety of window styles and financing options — because you deserve to feel confident in your home choices!
So, are you ready to schedule your FREE consultation with Renewal by Andersen® of Florida? If so, reach out to us today by calling (855) 830-2420!