Being green doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg when it comes to repairing your windows
The energy associated with the manufacture and installation of new replacement windows, could be much greater than for the repair of existing windows. An old wood or vinyl window sometimes can be repaired by simply adding an aluminum storm window to the outside giving you more energy efficiency while protecting your prime window from the elements. It is also possible to only replace the glass package that is held in each individual sash, versus the whole window. This can be an effective way of increasing your energy efficiency with the modern technology of argon gas, krypton gas and Low-E coatings. By repairing the original wooden or vinyl window sashes instead of the whole window frame, you’ve created less overall landfill and disposal costs.
There are arguments on statistics collected regarding energy efficiency data for insulated windows and repairing original windows. According to the some analyst’s data, if an aluminum storm window is installed outside of an old window and energy saving blinds are on the inside, efficiency can be around 12-15 percent less than for an insulated replacement window. However, there are many other factors in homes that contribute to loss of energy besides windows and this data may not be accurate for all New England homes.
Windows with locks and mechanisms rusting and corroding due to homes being located along the coast don’t necessarily need a replacement window application either. Most reputable Window Repair Experts have the buying power to purchase coastal hardware kits to help fight against the salt strewn air which can cause windows to break down sooner over time.
You may experience a window that has noticeable wood rot and doesn’t operate smoothly. The rotting wood can be repaired or replaced depending on the extent of the weather damage. In addition, I have heard from homeowners who have window sash problems that shake, rattle, stick, fall, don’t lock, don’t open, don’t close, and are drafty. However, these problems may be only a quick window adjustment away to get them back into tip top working shape.
Furthermore, preserving and repairing original windows is not always the right option. For instance, the cost and effort to repair unique windows – such as an antique wavy glass – can be extremely high. Also, insulated windows are far superior for blocking noise and UV protection.
Of course, in the end, it’s the customer’s decision and not the Window Repair Expert or Window Replacement Specialist. We’re here to help homeowners of Boston recognize that repairing your windows is a green alternative to replacing your windows.
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