Replacing your home's windows can be expensive, but like many other parts of your home, adding new windows can be a worthwhile investment that pays off in the long run. If you're not sure when it's time to replace your home's windows, you might note a few factors to think about. This will tell you if it's time to start budgeting for this job.

1. When it starts to get very noisy in the home

Your home's windows help to insulate the inside of the home and also keep it insulated from outside noise. If you notice that you seem to be hearing more noise from a nearby school, traffic, planes flying overhead, neighbors, dogs, and the like, this may be a signal that your windows are outdated. Leaks or cracks in the caulk, or the frames pulling away from the home can allow in this noise and in turn, also allow in drafts and cold air in the winter and warm air in the summer.

2. If you still need to replace your windows every season

There should be no reason to put in your storm windows every season, as today's windows are made to insulate your home year-round. Rather than having to take out your storm windows during spring and then put them back in during fall and winter, you can replace the windows so that they stay in place and don't need to be changed regularly.

3. When windows are difficult to clean

Living in an area prone to storms or that otherwise make your windows very dirty on the outside can create more work for you every year if not every weekend. New windows can tilt in so you can easily clean the outside panes without having to drag out a ladder and cleaning equipment, and so that windows are always clean and sparkling.

4. When the locks are somewhat flimsy

You may be able to upgrade the locks on your windows, but sometimes the window frames themselves will not support better locks. The wood may be very thin or delicate or may have softened over the years. You may also note that the windows are warped as they pull away from the home and in turn, they don't actually close as they should and the locks are not very secure. Window replacement can be the best choice for ensuring your home is as safe and secure as possible.