Repair vs Replace Home Windows
Posted on September 29, 2015
If well-sealed windows aren’t high up on your “How to Make My Home More Energy Efficient” list, they should be. According to ENERGY STAR, a typical home can save $126-$465 a year if they use energy-efficient single-pane windows. Many homeowners find themselves asking whether their existing home windows can be repaired or improved - or if they need a complete window replacement.
The cost of replacing and repairing windows will vary with each home. Many window companies offer free in-home estimates and package deals for homeowners looking to replace 10 or more windows. It’s best to determine whether or not a total replacement is necessary.
Is there condensation in between your window panes?
If you notice fog or condensation in between the panes of a double-paned window, they will need to be replaced. Double-paned windows won’t save you the energy they’ve promised if their seal is broken. Check to see if your warranty is still valid. If so, the window company they were purchased from is responsible for the replacement.
Is your window sticking?
Windows often stick due to paint or dirty tracks. Window tracks are easily cleaned with a toothbrush and some white vinegar. If a window is painted shut, you can free it with an X-Acto knife by cutting along the paint-filled seam. Additional sanding and paint touch ups may be required. If your window is still properly sealed and functional, a simple repair will do. If your windows were installed before 1978, they may contain lead-based paint. Any repair work that may disturb the paint should be done by a professional. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning.”
If you’re handy with a set of tools, repairs may make the most financial sense to you when it comes to wood rot, sash repair and draft sealing. If you’re unsure of whether you need an easy repair or a complete replacement, a quick email or in-home quote from your local window repair company or window replacement company can set you on the right path. A good rule of thumb is that if you don’t believe you can do professional-grade work, it’s best to trust a professional with home repairs and window installations.