If you’re feeling a distinct draft coming from your window even when it’s shut, you have a problem. Maybe it's time for a replacement? Or, maybe the window just needs a repair. Repairing would save you money, but you also don't want to skimp on something that could make a major difference in your home's appearance and energy efficiency. So what should you decide?
It looks like it's time to review the pros and cons of replacing and repairing your windows. There isn't a one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to the replace vs. repair decision. Plenty of factors play into this home improvement choice, including the problem itself, your budget and what the contractor says.
Before you make any major decisions, take a look at what goes into deciding whether to repair your windows or replace them.
For many homeowners, replacing windows is far more costly than simply repairing them. That said, the costs recouped for the average window replacement are over 70%. So if you sell your home, you'll get back far more than half of the money you spent on them.
Keep in mind, the costs of either repairing or replacing your windows varies depending on the nature of the problem and your home. If you replace the glass with an expensive multi-pane option, you'll spend more than adding a storm window. If your home has intricate wooden frames around the windows, you'll also spend more.
Even though some repairs and replacement situations may seem expensive, it's always best to talk to the professional first, especially if you aren't exactly knowledgeable about windows. The expert will be able to give you an estimate of how much either option is. They'll also give you a run-down on what the problem is, how they can solve it and all of the options that are open to you.
Cracks and Scratches
The little neighbor kids were playing a game of backyard baseball and suddenly—smash. The ball comes crashing through your family-room window, putting a nice-sized hole right in the middle.
When you have a hole, crack or some other sort of break in the glass, you may be able to get away with a repair over a full replacement. Of course, if your windows are older, worn or in bad shape, their condition provides the perfect opportunity (or excuse) to replace them. But if they're new or in more than adequate working shape, take the less costly route and repair them. This means replacing the glass but keeping the frame and the rest of the window intact.
That draft coming from your windows is doing more than making you cold. It's also an indicator that your house isn't exactly as energy efficient as you think it is. If you can feel the elements inside, your windows may need a change. However, the glass might not be what’s at fault. You may be losing heat or cooling from gaps in the frame or leaky seals. The first step in deciding whether you need to repair or replace to retain energy efficiency is to find out where the leak, or problem, is.
It's possible that the fix to your energy issues is something completely simple such as caulking or adding weather-stripping. But it's also possible that you have single-pane windows or windows that are just too old to function properly. If these issues are at fault, replacing the windows may be the right choice for you.
Do you need a window repair or replacement? Call Heartwood Enterprises, Inc. for more information. We can provide you with the warranty and financing options you need.