Windows typically have a long lifespan, causing us not to think too much about them. However, there will be times when a window gets damaged or its lifespan is just up and it’s time to either repair or replace it. While a total replacement is not always necessary, it can be hard to determine which is better. Read on to learn about whether or not you should repair or replace your windows.
Accidents and ageing can cause damage to your windows. Usually, this damage is minor and can be repaired without needing to replace the whole unit. Here are some examples of when you should repair your windows.
Broken Glass (Single Pane)
Either from a raging storm, the kids playing baseball, or a bookshelf falling, broken glass in a window is common. Whether it’s just a little scratch or crack, or a full-blown shatter, you should repair this asap. Open shattered glass can be dangerous and leaving a crack unrepaired can lead to further cracks and can ultimately shatter.
Luckily, if your windowpane glass is shattered, it can be replaced without needing to replace the entire window, so long as it is a single pane window. Otherwise, you will need to have it replaced.
Minor Water Leakage
Depending on when you had your windows installed, the sealing could be worn or damaged, causing a minor leak to occur. Since this damage is directly related to the seal or caulking surrounding the window, it can be easily repaired.
Damaged Exterior Casing
A damaged exterior casing is not only aesthetically unpleasing, but it leaves your window vulnerable to other damages. The casing should be repaired immediately to minimize the risk of more damage.
Drafts can be tricky to spot, especially if they are minor. If left unrepaired, drafts can actually cost you more money due to your heating and cooling systems working overtime when not actually necessary. Drafts are most commonly caused by cracks in the window frame or sealant, allowing air to get through. These can be repaired, if minor, and do not require a full replacement.
Either from extensive damage or through old age, there comes a point when your windows are beyond repair. Here are some examples of when you should replace your windows.
Broken Glass (Double/Triple Pane)
As mentioned above, if you have a double or triple pane window, you’ll have to replace it upon shattering or cracking. Unlike single pane, double and triple-pane windows are constructed differently. You don’t necessarily have to replace the whole window, but you will definitely need to replace the sash in order to get a new window in.
Excessive Water Leakage
Minor leaks around your windows aren’t much to worry about as the cause can be repaired quite simply. On the contrary, if you are experiencing major leaks then the root of the problem is much bigger. Attempting to repair these damages with no luck is a sign that you need to replace your windows.
Along with leaking windows, foggy windows are a sign of damage. Foggy windows implicate that water is inside the double or even triple-pane glass. This implies that the window is not functioning properly and can lead to further issues. Unfortunately, with how windows are constructed today, the windowpane simply can’t be replaced and replacement of sash, sometimes even the whole unit, is needed.
As with anything, the older something gets, the more prone to damage it becomes. Older windows, particularly wooden ones, are prone to rotting and other damage such as chips and cracks. As well, wooden windows are and were commonly painted, multiple times, which can cause the window to become sticky, or even stuck, limiting the overall function of the window.
Windows then were not built like windows today, and drafts are more commonly found in older units which can harm the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. Older windows are best to replace due to the fact that multiple repairs will be needed over time, possibly costing you more money and stress.
Deciding whether to repair or replace your window is ultimately up to you, but consulting with a pro can help you feel confident with your decision. Above anything, you want to ensure that your home is safe and comfortable. Replacing your windows can be intimidating due to cost, but constantly repairing your windows can actually cost you more in the long run. Connect with a pro to have your windows repaired or replaced here.