Can Your Windows Be Saved? Knowing When to Repair or Replace

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Window replacement can be a big investment. Although yes, salesmen are quick to point out that you will feel the difference and have lower energy bills immediately, it will take a few years to recoup the thousands spent on a new window purchase and installation. Because of this, many homeowners want to extend the life of their windows as long as possible and try to save their windows by repairing some of the more minor problems.

Can Windows be Made More Energy Efficient?

With a bit of work, undamaged windows can be made more energy efficient at a much lower cost than replacement. Caulking and weather stripping can both help reduce drafts, and homeowners can do that themselves when the weather is right. Both help with air leaks around the molding and sashes. Storm windows aren’t a convenient solution, but interior storm windows are often effective at reducing drafts, and cost less than replacement windows.

Can Rot or Jammed Sashes Be Repaired?

When you inspect your windows and find decay, broken parts, jammed sashes, or rot, you may feel that your windows are a lost cause. But a pro may be able to repair your old windows, buying you some time before replacement. If your windows are only sticking, rubbing a white candle against the bottom and sides of the window can help it slide better.

Do Old Windows Pose a Safety Problem?

In historic homes, the windows help define the character and can be important to the architecture. Many homeowners of these properties worry that replacing windows will lower the home’s value. Yet lead-based paint can be a concern in any house built prior to 1960. The issue with this paint on and around the windows is that dust and flakes may get into the air when the windows are opened and closed. In addition, many of these old windows are not energy efficient. Talking to a contractor about your specific concerns with an older home will help you make decisions about repair and replacement.

When is it Time to Replace?

When water damage or rot has damaged the windows beyond repair, it’s time to replace them. In addition to the obvious energy loss, a window with rot or water damage can cause mold, which is a much more serious issue. If you see obvious rot, it’s time to get the pros involved. Talk to a contractor about whether or not your windows can be repaired.

Talking to a contractor is often the best way to make sure you are making the smartest decisions about your home. When it’s time to replace your windows, you need an installation expert you can trust, because replacing your windows isn’t something you want to do again or have to worry about in the near future. We have a combined 75 years of experience on our team, and we’d like to put our exceptional service to work for you. Contact us today for a free in-home estimate.


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