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.
Contact any of our great locations for more information.