How to Decide Between Window Replacement and Repair
It is in your budget’s best interest to evaluate your window service needs before making any impulsive purchasing decisions. Many property owners make the mistake having their window systems replaced, when in fact, a simple repair would have done the job. More often, window retailers will impose the idea that a property needs all new windows with the promise of boosted energy efficiency, curb appeal, and other similar selling points. Although new windows certainly deliver these advantages and more, it is not necessary to have them replaced prematurely. After all, if windows were not repairable, home and property owners would be faced with the possibility of replacing one every time one incurs just a little damage.
Continue reading to learn what you need to know about deciding between window repair and window replacement. Everything below applies to both residential and commercial properties.
Window rot is often caused by moisture, mold, and a variety of other elements. Fortunately, if you have a rot condition, it can be repaired. Just be sure to hire a professional for the job. Although you can implement an initial inspection to assess the conditions and appearance of your windows, a professional a professional will be able to repair window rot, jammed sashes, and broken window parts. Keep in mind that window rot is not always repairable. There are times when the rot is so extensive that replacement is the best option. For this reason, it is important to detect moisture issues and water leaks under window frames early on.
Jammed Window Sashes
Jammed window sashes are very common problems, especially for old homes that have been remodeled once or twice. Fortunately, this common problem is usually easy to fix, even on your own. If your window does not open easily, or seems to jam often, try rubbing a white candle on the bottom and the sides of the window. If this remedy doesn’t allow the frame to slide effortlessly through the window channels, it may be painted shut. In the case that it is painted shut, take a box knife or razor blade to the seam to wedge it open. You can also use a sash saw.
Energy Efficiency Decline
Many people assume that older windows are no longer as energy-efficient as they once were. For some cases, this is true. But often times, older windows can still be just as energy-efficient if you have them serviced by a handyman or general contractor. Instead of buying new windows to improve your home’s energy efficiency, a professional can apply caulk and weather seal your windows to prevent air from escaping or moisture getting inside. Most often, the old caulk is removed and replaced with fresh caulk. Also, installing screen and storm windows can increase a property’s insulation and is much cheaper than replacing windows entirely.