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Should You Repair or Replace Your Old Windows?

[fa icon="calendar"] October 28,2016 / by Brad Neff

Brad Neff

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Old windows can become drafty, lose their seal, creak and perhaps even have broken panes. If you're wondering if you should repair or replace, we have answers!

The short answer to repairing or replacing is: it depends. The right solution for you will be determined by the symptom your window is experiencing and the severity.

 Here's what to look out for:

1. Drafty Windows

Cracked and pealing caulking, and old weather stripping can take a toll on your windows. If you're feeling cool air coming into your home, it's likely you have some draft windows.

When air rushes in and out of gaps in sashes, frames, and dividers, it's time for some DIY. Go to your local home improvement store and get some caulk to fix your drafty windows.

Solution: Repair the Window with Caulk

2. Broken Panes

So a baseball made it's way into your house, huh?

Childhood memories happen! When a window pane/glass has been broken, it's simple to repair. In most cases, you do not need to replace the entire window, just the glass.

Still, an entire window replacement is worth considering. Depending on the age, size and location of the window, it could be more cost-effective to replace the entire window.

Solution: Replace the Window Glass • Consult a Professional

3. Broken Seals

When you start to see foggy condensation or streaks between the window panes, you are experiencing a broken seal. This is also known as “blown” windows. When this happens, it's time to consult a professional.

The best recommendation in this case is to replace the window pane (glass) but keep the window frame and re-seal the entire window. Depending on the age, size and location of the window, it could be more cost-effective to replace the entire window.

Solution: Repair the Window but Replace The Window Pane

4. Rotting Wood

When the frame holding the window in place is breaking and/or rotting, you should replace the frame and the entire window.

Solution: Window Replacement • Consult a Professional

5. Windows Won't Open

When you have a window that doesn't open we recommend that you speak to a professional. It's better to have a professional inspect the window, instead of accidentally causing any damage to your home windows.

Depending on the age, size and location of the window, it could be more cost-effective to replace the entire window.

Solution: Repair or Replace • Consult a Professional

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Topics: Windows

Brad Neff

Written by Brad Neff

Brad Neff is the President and Owner of Heartland Roofing in Oklahoma. He started the Oklahoma City roofing office in 2000, and has since expanded with a Tulsa area office to provide services for residents searching for Tulsa roofing companies.