A home’s windows are particularly communicative. They don’t last forever, high-quality, well-maintained windows could last for 20 years or more. If your windows are more than a few decades old, pay attention to what they’re telling you, so you’ll know when they need to be replaced. Here’s what to lookout for.

Are they damaged, warped, or broken

It’s possible to repair a window instead of replacing it. If your window’s problem is minor, such as needing new weather-stripping or hardware, a repair might be the best option. But replacing a damaged, warped, or broken window sash or frame is almost always ideal to attempting a repair.

Do you want to reduce your energy bill

Windows provide some heat in the winter by letting in sunlight. But drafty windows can cause your energy bills to be higher. Replacing your windows with energy-efficient ones can reduce your heating and cooling

Your home needs a makeover

Look to see whether if the color is fading or the window material is warping, or whether old screens or storm windows diminish from the curb appeal of your home.