If you live in an older home, eventually you’ll likely need to consider a window repair or replacement. Fogginess, leaks, drafts, and cracked or broken glass are all signs it’s time for an update. But which is the best option for you? We’ll cover the pros and cons of each to help you decide when you should repair or replace your home windows.
Signs You Need A Window Repair
- Cracked or Broken Glass
Cracked or broken glass not only disrupts your view, but also presents a safety hazard. Single-pane windows can be repaired effectively and inexpensively by a professional. However, multi-pane windows are more complicated and may call for a replacement, especially if there are additional issues.
- Broken Muntins or Mullions
Mullions are vertical shafts located in between windows that offer structural support. Muntins are vertical and horizontal elements that divide a window’s glass into a grid. If either of these supports begin to rot or split, it’s important to schedule a repair as soon as possible. Otherwise, you risk further long-term damage to your home.
- Stuck Sashes
A common problem of older windows is sashes that stick. This could be due to layers of paint bridging the sash and frame and holding them together, or the sash coming off track. This type of problem can be fixed with a simple window repair.
- Exterior Window Casing
Exterior casing that begins to crack or rot can lead to window damage. Damaged casing alone can be repaired and does not require a window replacement.
- Minor Water Leakage
If you find water pooling near the window area, it could be due to poorly draining gutters and drainpipes. You can try rerouting your drainage system or patching breaks in the window seal.
Signs You Need A Window Replacement
- Foggy Windows
Constantly foggy windows are caused by water condensation between the window panes. This can sometimes be the fault of poor installation, and removal and replacement is the only solution.
- Structural Issues
If the exterior structure of the window is failing, it’s time for a replacement. Sometimes, the area around the window such as the siding and insulation can also experience damage. This means that parts of the wall may need to be rebuilt. Ignoring this issue will only lead to serious damage to your home.
- Major Water Leakage
If there is excessive water infiltration around the window, it could mean that the exterior window casing is failing. This is definitely the time to shop for new windows and schedule a replacement.
Whether you choose to go for a window repair or replacement ultimately depends on the extent of the issue you’re dealing with, the age of your windows, and if there are additional problems that could lead to serious damage to your home.
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