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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