Broken Windows: Repair or Replace?
If your windows are starting to look worn out, are drafty, or just difficult to operate, it maybe time to consider new windows.
New windows might be necessary for a variety of reasons, including rotten wood, broken panes, and broken seals. It’s difficult to know when a repair is good enough and when you might actually need to replace your windows. Here’s a simple guide to walk you through it.
Rotten frames can let air and water leak into your house. This occurs when wood has not been painted or primed correctly, or the wood was exposed to humidity and wet weathers without any added protection.
The cost to repair will vary with how much rot that you have. You may be able to patch small areas or replace a sill on the cheaper end, but entirely rotten frames will require removing the window and rebuilding, which typically costs the same as a full window replacement. If the frame is rotten thoroughly, it is more cost efficient to have this replaced.
Broken panes are the visible chips, scratches, cracks that you see. This can be caused by a number of regular wear and tear as well as abrasive cleaners. Inexpensive windows such as vinyl can easily be replaced, while aluminum clad, vintage, or multi-pane custom windows may be too costly. If you can get away with it, you may want to consider a repair on these higher-end windows.
When you have a broken seal, condensation and streaks often show between the glasses. This is also known as “blown” windows. This is caused by heat-induced expansions and contractions that eventually destroy your seals and promote condensation and oxidation. Once a seal is broken, it’s difficult to try and save the pane. The most permanent and practical fix is to replace the pane or the entire sash and new window installation service. Enjoy this article? You might like this one too.
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How to choose a window installation service
Finding the right window installation service for you can be difficult, especially if you have never worked with a window company before. To avoid any problems later on, follow these key steps in finding a replacement window contractor that is great for you and your home’s needs.
- Research Options Ahead of Time
Research and discover what kind of windows you feel like would be the best for your needs. Many window companies specialize in certain areas. Make yourself familiar with different window options, types and costs before you shop around.
- Get Three Itemized Quotes
When shopping for the best contractor, make sure to get at least three detailed bids. Good bids should include specific products and materials the contract might use, along with proposed payment terms, start and finish dates.
Beware of companies that request the entire cost of the project up front, even if they offer a discount. A good contract should only request 2o% – 30% to start the job, the rest being paid in installments or upon job completion.
- Check for Warranties
Windows sometimes fail or break because of the way that they’re installed. Good window companies always warranty their work. The standard window warranty is typically 10 years and workmanship warranty typically last for 2 years.
Some things to keep in mind:
Match your windows to your climate – Consider the type of windows that your work well with your home structure and climate of your area. Windows can be specialized for hot/cold climate or high/low wind areas, etc.
Price doesn’t indicate great performance – Just because a window is expensive doesn’t mean that it does what you need it to. When in doubt, choose a window that works well for your home’s air and light needs over unnecessary or fancy aesthetics.
Don’t overspend! – Many window companies will try to increase the cost of your windows through upgrades. Focus on features that add increased value to your investment such as more light, optimal airflow or sun screening. Enjoy this article? You might like this one.
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