Deciding whether to invest in new windows is a big decision. Often, homeowners know that their current windows aren’t performing well, and may have noticeable flaws. However, because of the investment involved, most want to wait until they really need new windows. If you think your windows need attention and you are deciding between repairs and replacement, it’s important to look at all the facts.
Can I Repair My Current Windows?
Window repair or restoration is usually an option if you’re willing to put in the time and invest in the materials and professionals to do it right. Window repair isn’t as much of a financial investment as window replacement, but sometimes not as much as you’d think. Hiring a pro to repair issues with the glass and frames can be very expensive, without the benefit of newer windows. In some cases, the hardware needed to repair your windows may not be available. Talking to an expert can help you look at your options and costs and talk you through the decision.
How Do I Know I Need Window Replacement?
Because window replacement is a big investment, homeowners like to wait until they are sure it’s necessary. There are a few signs that your windows need to be replaced.
- Condensation or Fogging
If you are regularly seeing condensation collecting on the glass, this is a sign that your glass is not performing well. Additionally, the condensation can soak, and subsequently damage, the nearby trim. If there is a fogging between the panes of glass, this is another indicator that the window will need to be replaced.
Once you notice rot in the frame, it’s time to consider replacement. Rot is very difficult to repair, and rotted wood can lead to bigger issues with mildew or mold.
If you feel a draft from your closed windows in the winter or a room is uncomfortably chilly, your windows are most likely in need of replacement. Newer windows will greatly improve the comfort of your home.
What is the Best Method for Window Replacement?
There are two options for window replacement. The first is to use window inserts. The cost is about the same as a complete replacement, but leaving the old frame and trim intact cuts down on the labor in a significant way. A window contractor will measure the frame and order a new unit to fit. However, to use inserts, your frames must be rot and damage free, and you will need to make sure that you have an exact fit. Certain window styles aren’t a good match for window inserts. A contractor can let you know if this is an option.
The second option is to remove and replace the entire window and frame. This is much more labor intensive. The trim will be removed, the new window made weather tight, and the trim replaced. While this can be more expensive to install, you will have a completely damage free, weathertight, low-maintenance window for many years to come. If you want to change the size or style, this is the method you’ll have to use.
Do I Need to Replace All My Windows at Once?
Although the price per window may seem reasonable, many homeowners balk when they multiply that number by the number of windows in their home, and most will wonder if they can spread the project out, replacing only the windows that need it most. In this case, you need to balance your need and your budget with the appearance. Even if you try for a close match, there will be a difference in the appearance of the new windows compared to the old ones. A good strategy, if you decide not to replace all your windows at once, is to replace one side or one level of your home to maintain a consistent appearance.
When your windows need attention, it’s smart to start by talking to a local contractor about window replacement. A local contractor will have experience with homes in your area and can guide you toward the best decisions to keep your home safe and secure. Armorvue Home Exteriors has been a local industry leader for over 75 years. Our quality installation services and high quality products are why we can say our reputation speaks for itself. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help by setting up a virtual appointment to talk about new windows for your home.