Like any part of your home, windows need to be maintained. However, in an aging home, maintenance isn’t always the answer, and to get the most out of your windows, they might need to be replaced entirely. But how do you decide between window repair and window replacement?
Answering a few important questions can help you make the right decision.
Do you feel a cold draft when you stand near your windows?
If you are standing next to your window during the winter months and are freezing, air is likely escaping through your window’s seal. If the window frame has shrunk, broken, or no longer closes properly, air can escape from your heating and cooling system. In some cases, you can solve this problem by applying sealing tape or sealant around your window frames.
Are there cracks in your window pane?
A small crack in your window can become a big problem; if the crack spreads, the heated and cooled air can escape from your HVAC system. A crack in your window pane can also pose a safety hazard. If you’ve noticed cracks in your window glass, there are temporary measures that can prevent it from spreading; unfortunately, these measures won’t last, and you’ll likely need to replace the window glass altogether.
Do your frames look worn and rotten?
Once your window frames have started to rot, it is extremely difficult to stop. Wood frames will rot if they are improperly primed and painted or if they are constantly exposed to damp weather. If you’ve noticed rot, the decision between window repair and replacement is simple: if there are only a few spots of rot, you may be able to make small repairs. However, if the rot is extensive, it’s time to consider replacement.
Do you want to pay less in energy costs?
Your windows play an important role in your home’s energy efficiency. If you’re spending more on heating and cooling than you should, your windows could be to blame. Drafty, poorly insulated windows make it difficult for your heating and cooling system to provide a comfortable indoor environment, as the hot or cold air produced by your air conditioner escapes through the cracks. Modern windows offer better insulation for better temperature control, and replacing your old, drafty window frames with new ones can save you a lot of money on your utility bills. Have your contractor take a look and decide if it’s time for a window replacement.
When deciding whether to repair or replace your windows, consider how your investment will pay off in the long run. New windows may be more expensive now, but they offer many benefits in the years to come. Take time to decide if repairing or replacing windows is the right decision for your home, and let the answers to the questions above guide you.