Repairing vs. Replacing Your Windows

Repairing vs. Replacing Your Windows

So your window needs a fix — but is it worth it to repair it, or do you need a replacement window altogether? While window repairs may be cheaper at that moment, if the window constantly needs repairs it may be cheaper to simply replace it. So how can you know the difference? Let’s discuss some of the signs that your window needs to be repaired as well as signs that it needs to be replaced.

Reasons to Repair Your Windows

Not every window problem means the window needs to be completely replaced. Sometimes an accident or a little wear can be easily repaired, and it will be more cost effective to do so. Here are a few reasons you might need to repair your windows:

  • Broken Pane. Sometimes an impact causes a break in your window pane, but that doesn’t mean the window itself must be disposed of. You can buy a replacement window pane and install or have it installed into the window, good as new.
  • Recaulking. Over time, the caulking that keeps your window sealed can start to wear and chip, allowing for leaks and drafts. You can simply reseal these windows to strengthen the seal again, although if you find this is happening with frequency, you might consider replacing.
  • Stiff Sashes. If you’re struggling to open or close your windows, it might not be an issue that requires replacement. You may simply need to lubricate the window tracks in order to allow for smoother operation. Again, if you find that this happens frequently or that cleaning and lubricating the tracks doesn’t help, it might be time for replacement.

Reasons to Replace Your Windows

Sometimes, however, your windows are simply past the point of repairing — or replacing them altogether will be better for your house overall. Here are a few reasons to consider replacing your windows rather than repairing them:

  • Energy Efficiency. Replacement windows are likely to be more energy efficient, especially if you take advantage of things like fiberglass replacement windows, double pane or triple pane windows. This will allow you to save money on your heating and cooling bills while your home stays comfortable.
  • Age. Few windows are meant to last forever. If your windows are more than 20 years old, you should consider replacing them, particularly with a more durable replacement window from a reputable manufacturer like Marvin. Additionally, if your home was built before 1960 and the windows haven’t been replaced recently, there’s a good chance the paint on the window frames is lead based paint, which can be dangerous for anyone to breathe in, but particularly children.
  • Home Value. Repairing your windows may fix the immediate problem, but it won’t add much to your home value. If you plan to move in the coming years, updated replacement windows are going to have a stronger ROI.

A Note on Historic Windows

When it comes to historic windows, it may simply depend on your preference. Chances are that given the maintenance old windows require, it will be cheaper to simply replace them and you may find replacement windows that fit within your home’s aesthetic perfectly. However, for some homeowners, historic windows are part of the charm. In this case, you can continue to repair them for as long as they’ll last — provided there’s no danger of lead based paint, but you should be prepared for the cost and frequent maintenance that will come with that. 

Do you need to replace your windows? Jancewicz & Son can help with strong Marvin windows, including Marvin’s Integrity and Integrity Wood-Ultrex line. Contact us today for more information or a free estimate.

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