Deciding between repairing and replacing your windows can seem like a tough call to make. While there are certainly advantages to upgrading your windows for esthetic reasons, it may ultimately be necessary when a repair isn't doable. If you're unsure about what to do, here are four questions to ask yourself when deciding if a replacement is in order.
Are your windows single pane?
Single-pane windows are quite common in older homes. And while you may want to maintain that old charm by foregoing newer windows, there are a few things to consider.
First, single-pane windows are not very energy efficient. They let in a great deal of heat in the summer and welcome cold drafts in the winter. Single panes tend to be better suited for garages and storage sheds where insulation isn't as important.
Second, if you live in a cold climate, replacing your single panes with double panes can save you up to 24% on your fuel costs in the winter. Those who live in hotter parts of the country are looking at up to 18% savings in the summer. Add in some extras for a more high-end double-pane window, and you could save as much as 50%.
These numbers indicate that going from single to double pane may be worth it in the long run.
Are your windows rotting?
Rotting window frames cannot be ignored. But the issue here is whether or not to repair or replace. If you decide to repair, you'll need to consider that it's a project requiring a full commitment from start to finish.
Begin by removing all of the rotten wood with a chisel or other preferred tool. After this, you'll need to build up the window in multiple stages using epoxy, then pack and shape the damaged area. Next, in order to have a flat surface, you'll have to sand then file down the frame. Once everything is dry, a final stage of filling in holes with a patching compound is required, and within three days, you'll paint the frame for maximum protection.
If you only have one window suffering from rot, you may not consider this to be a difficult task. But when it's required of every window in your home, it may be time to think about replacing those windows.
Do your windows get stuck easily?
If you find yourself shying away from opening those windows to let in fresh air because they get stuck, nailing down the cause will help you decide if it's time for a replacement.
First, heat and humidity can cause wooden windows to get stuck. And often the only thing to do is to wait for the weather to change. At that point, an option is to sand down the frame so that it will be easy to open year round.
Second, dirt and grime may have accumulated in the channel, requiring you to gather multiple tools to break the seal and clean out the debris before adding a little lubrication.
Third, certain parts of your window may have simply worn out and need to be replaced. Unfortunately, this may not work, you might have trouble finding the right parts, or you may find that no matter how often you clean those windows, they just keep returning to a jammed state. When this happens, it's time to consult a professional and discuss the possibility of new windows.
Do your windows have condensation?
If you notice water accumulating between the panes of glass, it's probably time to look at a replacement. This generally means that the seals are disintegrating and letting outside air in.
If the condensation is around the bottom of the glass or in the corners, it usually means that there's too much moisture inside your home. This can typically be resolved by running a dehumidifier or opening up your window for a few minutes each day.
If your windows are insulated with gas, and you see condensation directly in the middle of the window, this is a tell-tale sign that the gas is leaking from the window. At that point, you should definitely replace so you don't continue to lose energy from your home.
For more information or help deciding between repairs or replacement, contact a local window installation company like Morgan Exteriors Inc.Share
20 June 2016
Every year, I make a list of spring cleaning tasks. Unfortunately, I’m a procrastinator. Therefore, I rarely complete every item on my extensive list. This year, I plan to start my spring cleaning early. One of the tasks I’m passionate about is cleaning windows. When I get finished with my windows, I want them to appear invisible due to their level of cleanness. To accomplish this task, I use both over-the-counter window cleaners and natural cleaning agents. To reduce the incidence of smudges, you can wipe your windows down with a newspaper. On this blog, you will learn how to clean your windows before spring arrives.