Replacing or Repairing Windows

A Checklist of Things to Consider When Dealing with Damaged or Broken Windows.


Homeowners are often faced with the decision of repairing or replacing a damaged window. The truth is, repairing a window can sometimes be more costly than actually replacing the entire thing. Depending on the age of the window and what manufacturer, you may have difficulties finding the parts you need for repairs. At least a new install comes with a warranty.

Here are some tips to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your windows.


Are Your Windows Scratched or Have Broken Panes


Scratched window panes are often an easy DIY fix. Check out YouTube for lots of Do It Yourself videos on how to repair and buff out scratches on vinyl and aluminum window frames. In the case of broken window panes, this can be a safety and security issue for your home and your family. It is always wise to replace broken window panes immediately.


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Do You Suffer From Draughty Spaces


There is nothing worse than feeling that draught coming from the window, having all of your efforts to keep your home warm and cozy rendered futile as that cold air just keeps slipping in. The major causes of draughty windows are old and worn-out sashes, peeled or damaged caulking, wood rot and weather stripping. You can fix the peeled caulking by just reapplying caulking to those areas in need of attention. This is often the case with older and vintage windows, where a repair may be desired over window replacement. But if these draughty spaces are caused by deteriorating sashes, then you might want to consider replacing the entire window since sashes can often cost just as much as a whole new window.


Wood Rot is Never a Good Sign


Wood rot is caused by prolonged exposure to excessive moisture. A major cause of wood rot is poor sealing and finishing. Once that paint finally cracks, water gets in and then mold can begin to form. Wood rot is most often found on the frames, sashes, and dividers of the window opening and its assembly. Most homeowners would prefer repairing just the wood where original window settings exist, but again, if it’s not a vintage product, replacing the whole window should be more cost-effective.


Do You Struggle With Stubborn Windows


Investigating the root of what is causing your stubborn window problem will help you determine if your window is in need of repair or actual replacement. If you discover the sashes and frame are stuck together due to layers of paint and dirt, then you can consider cutting through the paint layers to correct the issue. It is highly recommended to have a professional inspect and do such repairs as these types of repairs are often tedious and require precision craftsmanship. During such invasive repairs, even small mistakes can be costly, sometimes even requiring a replacement in the end anyway if your frame and seals are accidentally damaged during the repair process. Another cause of stubborn windows is contraction and/or expansion between the sashes and frames, typically caused by prolonged exposure to moisture and wear and tear over decades in your home. In this case, replacing the window is most often your best option.


Broken Window Seals Limit Options


Window seals become worn over time which can lead to cracking and breaking. Once a seal is broken, it is very difficult to repair. This is because the entire pane of glass must be removed to create a fresh new seal. So, therefore, in this case, buying a new window is usually the best solution.


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