When it comes to home repairs or upgrades, windows are typically not one of the most exciting projects to undertake. Windows don’t bring the excitement of designing your dream kitchen or remodeling an outdated bathroom, but quality home windows can do wonders for the curb appeal of your home, not to mention your energy bills.
When you have windows that are cracked or scratched, foggy, don’t open, and let in hot or cold air depending on the season, it might be time to consider repairing or replacing your windows.
It might be difficult to determine which is best for your home. Use this guide to help you decide if you need window repair or window replacement.
Window Repair vs. Window Replacement
One of the first things to consider when deciding between purchasing replacement windows or repairing a window is the age of your home, the type of window, and the damage or issue you are having.
Windows on holder homes are surprisingly easier to repair than replace. This is because older windows tend to be simpler than newer ones. Repair will typically be less expensive than replacement.
If you have cracked windows or broken glass, you can typically replace the glass (called the sash) without replacing the entire window. On single-pane windows, if you have broken muntins or mullions (these are the vertical and horizontal dividers you might see on windows), you can simply repair them.
Stuck sashes, slow sashes, and window casings can all also be repaired rather than replaced, saving you quite a bit of money. Minor water leaks can also be repaired. You might even be able to DIY that repair, depending on your level of comfort.
The lifespan of windows is usually about 20 years, so if you are nearing the end of this time period, it might be time to consider replacing them.
Certain types of windows can’t easily be replaced either, such as double- or triple-paned, sealed windows. Some of the newer windows cannot be repaired at all, so you don’t have a choice between repair or replacement.
Other situations when you should replace your windows include structural issues, fog or condensation on the inside of the window panes, windows that allow a large amount of water to leak into your home, and windows with rotted wood or mold.
Call a Window Repair Company
Whether you need window repair or window replacement, you’ll likely need a window repair company to come and inspect your windows and give you an assessment. They’ll be able to advise you on which route to take as well as provide you with an estimated cost for repair and/or replacement.
It’s wise to get multiple opinions and estimates too, to make sure that you are making the right decision. If you are concerned about your faulty windows, contact us at Atlantic Glass for a free quote. We perform window repairs and can also replace your windows if needed.