Repair or Replace? How to Decide What to Do With Your Old Windows

Repair or Replace? How to Decide What to Do With Your Old Windows
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    Over time, your windows can become damaged or warped due to extreme temperatures, storms and other climatic shifts.

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If your windows have become unsightly or ineffective at keeping your home from losing its heated or cooled air, it may be time to consider repairing them or replacing them. Each option will get your windows in tip-top shape, but it’s entirely up to you which one you choose. Here are a few things to consider when your windows need some help:

Repairing Windows

In some cases, the wood around your windows has begun to rot and deteriorate allowing air out. It’s a relatively simple matter to patch small areas with epoxy. Even if you need to replace the entire wooden frame, it will be cheaper than replacing the entire window.

You may want to consider replacing the window panes with energy-efficient glass windowpanes if your old panes have begun to develop cracks. Repairing the caulking around the window frame can also help a window that is allowing the inside air out.

If your windows get stuck going up or down, there might be damage to the sash or a build-up of dirt and debris. If this is the case, try cleaning the sash. If that does not work, you may need to replace the sash. If the window has been painted shut, run a razor knife along the seal to separate the sash from the sill. Use a small amount of turpentine, soaked into a rag, to loosen up any stubborn parts along the seal.

Replacing Windows

Sometimes the damage from elements and age are just too extensive and the window must be replaced. In some cases, you will need to replace the entire window setup—frame, sash, panes and all. Replacing the window is more expensive than repairing it, though sometimes the former is absolutely necessary.

When replacing your windows, be sure to budget so you will be able to replace all your windows at once. Even if the windows you select are very similar to your old windows, there will be slight differences which could diminish the overall look of your home.

Replacing windows is a chance to change the overall look of both the interior and exterior of your home. It can also be an excellent opportunity to update your house with waterproof and energy-efficient windows.

When your windows begin to leak air, stick, crack or warp, it is time to decide if you want to repair or replace them. There are some situations when the window can easily be repaired, saving you time and money, while other situations require replacement. Once you understand these options, choosing the right one for you is easy.

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