Deciding whether to repair or replace your windows is a big choice. There’s no simple answer to the question as no two circumstances are the same. The short answer is that it depends. People who are wealthy may be quick to ditch the old window that may not be looking or functioning the best. However, there are many instances where it is not necessary to entirely replace the window, which is more expensive than repairing one. Especially because in some cases the window problem can be solved with a quick, inexpensive, fix! We have complied a couple common scenarios where one might question whether or not they need to repair or replace their windows.
If your window frames are wearing down, or the exterior surfaces are chipping, peeling, or fading then repairing them is a safe route to take. Sometimes all it takes in some scraping, sanding, and refinishing and the windows will look better than ever. If you don’t like doing the work yourself there are a plethora of local companies that can do it for you. If these small fixes don’t satisfy you it may be time to consider replacing the window in general.
If there is condensation appearing between the glass panes of your window, you are definitely going to want to look into them being replaced. This is an indicator that the seal on your window has failed. No only is this look unappealing, but it also means that the insulating gas inside your window has leaked out. As a result, your windows insulating capabilities will be diminished causing them to be less energy efficient. With no insulation, air is going to escape, and enter through the window causing your HVAC unit to work harder to keep the home at the ideal temperature. This, in turn, will run up your energy bill, so it is worth replacing the window.
If your exterior glass is dirty than you are probably safe just cleaning it. For this exact reason it is important to have window sashes that fold inwards for easy cleaning. If they do not fold inwards, then your next best bet is to get on a ladder and manually clean them from the outside. If this sounds like a hassle you could always pay someone to clean them, or you could replace your windows with one’s that have fold-able sashes.
Older windows, especially those that are made out of wood tend to absorb moisture. As a result of this they shrink and swell with natural changes in temperature. This can lead to a variety of problems down the line. One of these problems is that there can be gaps in your window frame. This is bad because the gap would break the seal of the window. This would cause the same result as above but in a more drastic manner since there is literally nothing between the outside elements and the interior of your home. Another issue that arises is the windows are hard to open and close. This could lead to the windows not being able to close fully, also resulting in an inability of a seal to be formed. If this is the case then it is better for you to replace your windows.
While these are just a few of the scenarios where you would consider having to choose between repairing and replacing your windows, there are many others out that can occur. If you are unsure, your best option is to schedule a free consultation with an industry professional to determine your next course of action.