Many homeowners often grapple with the question of whether to repair or replace their windows. To make an informed decision, you’ll need to consider where the problem lies and how serious it is. If the frames, sashes, and glass of your windows seem worn, not effective, or damaged, it could be a sign you need new replacement windows. On the other hand, if you’re wondering whether replacing your windows is worth the cost, it would depend on the condition of your windows. Sometimes, it could be best to just repair worn out sashes or replace the glass as opposed to replacing the entire window.
Repair Vs Replacement
Traditionally, when windows broke, the most sensible course of action was to have them repaired. But over time, the window manufacturing techniques have improved, allowing homeowners to affordably access mass-produced fiberglass and vinyl framed windows. The current trend is now to remove, trash, and replace the old or damaged windows, particularly wood-framed windows, with new metal, fiberglass, vinyl, or wood options rather than repairing them.
The fact is, the repair cost of certain types of windows could equal the price of a new set of replacement windows, especially if it’s too difficult to remove the existing panes from the sashes. Likewise, it makes sense to replace old windows with a modern set if they’re stronger, less expensive, and more energy-efficient.
When to Replace Windows
If your windows exhibit one or more of the following problems, it could be time to replace rather than repair.
1. Water Leakage
Excessive moisture infiltration around your window might mean the exterior window casing is in bad shape. Although it could be an issue to do with your home’s exterior, such as gutters and siding, if water does prove to be infiltrating through the window, it’s probably time to start shopping for a new replacement.
2. Foggy Windows
A foggy window is a sign water is condensing inside the triple or double-paned IGU, insulated glass unit, of your window. Modern windows have inbuilt self-sufficient IGU’s. Unlike traditional multi-paned windows which had the glass set in place by a glazier, IGU’s are permanently sealed. Since it’s not practical to disassemble an IGU and restore it, removal and replacement is often the only option.
3. Cracked or Broken Glass
Safety and visual acuity will influence your decision to replace a window with cracked or broken glasses. Although single-pane windows can be effectively repaired, multi-paned glasses which are broken or cracked may require a total replacement. Generally, if you have been tolerating problems with your windows for long, a cracked or broken glass could be a good excuse to replace the whole window.
When to Repair Windows
Here are some common window problems which could be easily repaired to restore functionality instead of replacing the entire window:
1. Broken Muntins or Mullions
The pieces of wood separating panes of glass are referred to as muntins and mullions. If your windows have faux muntins and mullions set between two panes of glass, they cannot be replaced. More often, they don’t affect your window’s functionality. But if you notice rotting or split muntins and mullions, you may need to rebuild them. You can easily fix the ones with missing or brittle putty by removing the glass, scraping the area clean, putting back the glass, applying fresh putty, and securing the glass with new glazier’s points.
2. Inoperable Sashes
Older windows often exhibit problems with inoperable upper or lower sashes. It could be due to multiple layers of paint sticking the sash to the frame. In most cases, when sashes are difficult to raise, the problem could be broken cords. This issue can easily be corrected without replacing the window. Other problems which could be repaired include rotting or missing drip cap and poor exterior casing.
How Long Windows Last
The lifespan of windows varies widely depending on the particular make and quality. As long as you take good care of your windows, they should remain in perfect shape and provide comfort and insulation for at least a quarter-century. Moreover, by working with a reputable contractor, you can get a lifetime transferable warranty.
Single Pane Vs Multi Pane Windows
Single-pane windows typically come with one pane of glass. Although single-pane windows are an older style of windows, you can still buy them depending on your situation. In fact, there are certain installations where single-pane windows are preferred over multi-pane windows.
Typically, many homeowners choose single-pane windows due to the low cost. They are affordable to purchase and install, making them a great option for someone looking to restore or flip a home or a home remodeler working on a budget.
Multi-pane windows come with more than one pane. Double-pane windows, in particular, feature two panes of glass separated from each other by a space filled with insulating air. The air is meant to trap colder temperatures during winter and warmer air during summer. As a result, double pane windows enhance energy efficiency by as much as 24% in winter and 18% in summer. Moreover, double pane windows offer better insulation against noise if you live on a busy street.
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