Wondering if you should replace the windows of your home or repair them with new window parts? Here are some important factors to keep in mind so you can make an informed decision.
Replacing the windows in your home requires a little bit of time and some effort, but it provides considerable benefit to you and your home. Not only will you be replacing foggy, outdated windows with beautiful double or even triple paned windows, but your new home windows will provide you with energy saving benefits eliminating drafts and helping to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Repairing Vintage Windows
However, if your windows are fairly new and still in good condition, there are some repairs you can do -with minimal window parts- to fix those hard to open or leaky windows. Plus, if your home features gorgeous antique wood framed windows, a little bit of maintenance every ten years or so can prove to not only be more cost effective but more energy efficient, too. Feel free to contact us for more information regarding vintage windows or support.
These heavy, weighted window systems are easier to repair which makes regular maintenance a more eco-friendly option as these windows can last for centuries with just a few window parts being replaced during that time.
It’s also important to note, when trying to decide whether to replace or repair your home windows, that new windows can be costly. Often times, properly installing storm windows can eliminate drafts and provide nearly as effective insulation as brand new double or triple paned windows. In addition to more cost effective storm windows, you can also install weather stripping to provide greater insulation.
One simple repair you can do to make your current windows more energy efficient is to check for holes and gaps in the shimming. You’ll need to remove the window trim to do so. Then, hold a lit candle about the window frame, watching for the flame to flicker -this will reveal leaks and drafts.
Use expanding foam insulation to fill those gaps and eliminate those leaks once and for all. This is a simple repair that cost little in home window parts as you only need to purchase foam insulation and maybe new trim, should you so choose.
These are just a few things to keep in mind when you consider whether to replace your existing home windows or if you should invest your time and effort in getting a few window parts to repair your existing home windows.