A vinyl frame can last anywhere from 20 to 40 years. Being exposed to direct sunlight, extreme weather, and improper care may leave the frames on the lower end of this range. With such a range, you may be wondering how to tell when yours needs to be replaced. Read on to learn more about the signs that your vinyl window frames may need to be replaced.
You Notice Drafts Around Your Window Frame or Sill
One of the telltale signs that your window frame needs to be replaced is drafts or breezes being present around your window frame or sill. In some cases, you may be able to feel the breeze on your own. However, if you cannot, there is an easy way to tell if there is a breeze. Grab a small piece of string or light a match and slowly move it around the edges of your window on a breezy night. If the string moves or the match flickers, then air is getting in through the frame or window.
The Frames Are Dented or Warped
Your vinyl frame may also need to be replaced if it is damaged. The most common type of damage that can happen to these types of frames is dents or warping. The window frame should lay flush around the window opening. You can run your hand smoothly over the frame. If you feel any dents or you have to move or lift your hand, the frame is dented or warped.
Condensation or Fog is Building Up Around the Edges of the Glass
You don’t ever want to see condensation or fog building up around the edges of your window or between the panes of double-paned glass. This is a key indicator that your windows need to be completely replaced. Condensation and fog will drip, exposing your windowsill and the framework surrounding the window to moisture. This can lead to wood rot and decay.
If you notice one or more of these signs, your vinyl frame windows are trying to let you know that it is time to replace them. When that time comes, consider recycling the frames. According to our industry knowledge, around 99% of vinyl can be recycled. When you are ready to start the process of replacing your home windows, we can help. Call All American Doors today and let us provide you with an estimate!