Not sure if your windows are performing as well as they should? Think you need to do something with your windows, but not sure what? Here are several signs your windows may not be operating or functioning to the best of their abilities. These signs include (but are not limited to):
- Condensation on the glass
- Noticeable drafts
- More noise than usual
- Cracks in the glass
- Decaying frame
- Rising utility bills.
If you’re noticing any of these symptoms it’s best to take action by getting your window repaired or installing a replacement window. But how do you know if you should repair your windows or replace them entirely? While you may be tempted to let your wallet guide your decision, it may not make financial sense to repair a window that needs to be replaced.
Here are some factors to consider when you are making the decision to repair or replace your window:
How Old Are Your Windows?
The answer to this question can be one determining factor in whether it’s worth repairing your windows or considering a full window replacement. If your windows are old – it’s definitely the best idea to replace them. If you choose to do a simple repair, this will only be a temporary fix and inevitably delay the task of replacing them in the near future. Replacing your windows increases the value and energy-efficiency of your home.
Is a Glass Pane Broken?
If the glass pane in your window is broken it’s very likely you’ll be able to simply repair the window. A crack in a window usually results from an accident and is not usually a sign of further irreversible problems.
How Frequently Are You Experiencing Problems?
If you’ve gone from one problem to the next, it may be time to consider replacing your windows. Quick fixes can only get you so far, but if your windows are demonstrating more than one of the above signs – it’s a strong indication your windows are not functioning properly – and a repair may not be the answer. Save yourself the hassle of constantly trying to perform damage control and invest in low-maintenance vinyl windows.
Is The Window Frame Decaying or Rotting?
One of the biggest problems of having old windows: decaying frames. This is a problem that is not easily repaired. When the wood starts to rot, deterioration and mould set in and there is very little that can be done. The good news is most new windows are not made with wood frames anymore, therefore your new windows have a much longer lifespan. A window replacement is a necessary step as soon you start to see your wooden frames decaying.