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It isn’t until your window gets cracked or smashed, or the frame has begun to rot, or you’re tired of it getting jammed all the time that you realize a decision must be made; to repair the problematic window or to replace it altogether. One is obviously a lot costlier than the other, so how do you know when the time is right?
How To Decide Whether or Not It’s Time to Replace Your Windows
If your premises features obsolete single-pane type windows, then as soon as any of these
symptoms occurs, you really should replace them. If your windows are double-paned and
you are experiencing more than one of the problems listed below, then replacement
might be the right decision for you.
Double-pane glass windows are sealed, which increases insulation and
prevents excess moisture from getting inside the panes. If you find that your windows
are fogging up and you are unable to wipe away the resulting condensation on either
side of the pane, then your window had a broken seal. In this case, saving the pane is
unlikely. If the window frame is in mint condition, you should still be able to simply
replace the glass pane and the sash for a budget friendly option.
Rotten Wooden Frames
Where the issue is minimal, a fair amount of rotted wood can
be repaired by scraping out the damaged area, which is then patched in with
window putty. However, if the rot is extensive, you should replace the window.
Dirt in the track, paint and broken hardware are all common causes
of windows which refuse to open and close willingly. Sometimes, if you scrape the
paint away, clean the tracks and sand down the window down, you may just fix the
problem that way. Sometimes old window hardware breaks and similar parts cannot
be located, in which case replacement is the next port of call.
When your windows don’t seal adequately, the air can get inside,
which negatively impacts your comforts and will cause your energy bills to climb.
Caulking might be an option, or weather stripping to reduce drafts, but this would
depend on the severity of the leak. If your windows are single-paned, then replacing
them with double-pane windows would be advisable to decrease transfer of heat
through the glass.
Cracked or Broken Glass
While cracked glass can be repaired with clear nail varnish,
this is merely a temporary solution. Broken glass should receive attention immediately
to prevent harm. Should the frame be intact and in good condition, replacing the
glass alone will cost less than replacing the whole window.
Replacing Your Windows: The Benefits
- Your home is more attractive, both inside and out
- Your home is UV-protected, which decreases fading carpets and upholstery
- Modern windows increased your property’s value
- Accessible window operation to provide natural ventilation
- Less air infiltration improves comfort levels
- Increased energy efficiency means lower energy bills.
To learn more about energy efficient windows or outstanding window repair or glass replacement services, contact Apex Window Werks today and chat to our friendly knowledgeable staff.