It can be hard to notice when to replace aging windows. What are the indicators to let you know they need to be replaced? Here are 5 tell-tale signs to let you know when to replace your windows.


Do you feel drafts in your home? It’s probably because your windows aren’t properly sealed or there’s inadequate insulation. This leads to air coming in from outside and creating drafts. No one wants to live in a chilly home. You also are wasting money on your energy bill by not replacing your windows. It’s no use of having indoor heating if you have cold air coming in and warm air coming out.

Damaged Frames

Sometimes frames get water damage. How can you tell? Are the frames soft to the touch or chipped? Then, you more than likely have water damage. If they’re soft it means you have rot and water infiltration. You’ll have to replace your windows soon or they will start sagging and on top of that, any water infiltration can grow into mold and cause many potential health problems.


Condensation building up between the glass is a sure sign that you need to replace your windows. When you see condensation, it means your seals are no longer any good or you have cracked glass somewhere on the windows. This causes moisture to be let in through the glass. On top of that, it means the insulating gas is being let out and so it can no longer trap the heat inside. So, if you see the cloudy layer of condensation your windows, it’s a clear sign that. You need to replace your windows.


Can you hear the intimate details of conversations between strangers in the street? Does it seem like the neighbor’s music is right in your living room? They could be too loud, or it could mean your windows need to be replaced. If you live in a noisy area in the city or a street where it’s busy, you may need double or triple-pane Argon or Krypton gas insulated windows. This help excludes outside noise better than older types of windows.

Difficulty Opening, Closing, and Locking

If you have difficulty opening, closing, or locking your windows you will need to replace your windows. It’s a pain to deal with a window that gives you trouble when you attempt to lock it but on top of that these limit the safety of your home, making it easy for criminals to come in. Rusting or rotting windows or those installed poorly usually cause this problem. If you are experiencing this issue it’s time to replace your window and ensure your family’s safety.

All five of these are sure signs your windows need replacement. The comfort and safety of you and your family depend on you having properly installed and quality windows. If you notice any of these signs don’t wait to replace your windows as soon as possible. Make sure to only contact a professional window contractor to make sure that you’ll get the best recommendation and installation for your windows. If you’re around Northeast Ohio, contact Middlefield Windows and Doors at (216) 264-8315. Middlefield Windows and Doors is a ProVia Certified Installer and Dealer. We have been serving the residents of Northeast Ohio Since 1959.