Should You Repair or Replace Your Windows?

Here are 4 important factors to help with your decision.

Many of our customers want to know: Should I attempt to repair my windows or does the cost of replacing them outweigh the value of the repairs? The short answer is it depends on your situation. Of course there are a lot of variables and every home is unique. Let’s look at some of the important factors that will determine the right direction for you and your home:

  • Current Condition of Your Windows
  • Extent of Potential Window Repairs
  • Level of Exposure to Weather
  • Cost Comparison to Repair or Replace Your Windows

Let me first start out by saying Window Repair Expert will recommend window repairs as another option to replacing your windows. We are able to repair your windows when the majority is still in good condition or in other words, when only parts of the windows aren’t working properly. Of course, there are occasions when too much of the window is damaged and replacing it is the best option. That is when we would refer you to our parent division of Rite Window and recommend you schedule a time to receive a price quote for getting the windows replaced.

For those homeowners who have wood windows I’m going to state the obvious…Wood rots. As soon as a manufacturer removes bark from a tree, the wood begins to decompose. Bark is the natural and best defense against Mother Nature. New England has a variety of weather conditions from extreme cold and heat to high humidity and very dry air depending on the season (let alone the time of day). All unprotected wood will eventually rot under those conditions. If your windows are experiencing any forms of wood rot, it needs to be completely removed to stop from spreading to other parts of the window or house walls.

I want to illustrate the potential damage weather can do to your windows if you don’t take care of the problem:

 

Once wood rot is detected, a Window Repair Expert completely removes the rotten pieces of the window by using tools and techniques specifically designed for window work. Most people will look at a window with wood rot and assume the whole thing needs to be replaced. This is sometimes not the case. There are many parts and pieces of a window. Frequently, we replace old window parts with newer pieces that will NEVER rot.  In other cases we must use wood to replace the existing piece, like when repairing window sashes. If only a small amount of repairs need to be completed, then the value of having window repairs done in your home may be the best choice. The biggest advantage to this is obviously the money savings, depending on how much work needs to be done.

If you wonder why some parts of your windows are still fine and other parts fail, it’s because of the level of exposure to the elements and various materials used to create the parts for your windows breakdown differently over time. There will be differences in the way everything from the sun to horizontal snow and sleet hits the window. In addition, water is a tricky element. It can roll down the side and drain off the window sill, or find its way into the unprotected crevices of your window frame. I have seen windows getting soaked by an automatic sprinkler that was intended for a flower box mounted beneath a window. Every time the flowers got watered the window suffered. Watering your flowers is good; watering your windows is bad.

There are so many more things that you need to know about repairing windows that I could never cover it all in one article. However, I want to point out that weighing the cost of whether to repair or replace your windows is key. If you’re not sure, then give the Window Repair Expert a call. We don’t do plumbing, or electrical work. We are knowledgeable in the field of replacement windows and window repairs ONLY. It’s all we do, everyday.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Fill out the form to the right with your contact information. (We do not sell or give your contact information to anyone. We hate spam as much as you do and promise never to inundate you with useless mail or emails.)
  2. Include a brief description of your window or patio door problems.
  3. We’ll have a Window Repair Expert return your message within 24-48 business hours.

For faster service, please call our customer care desk at: 888-639-4437.

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