Window Repair or Replacement: How to Choose the Best Option

The issues that you are having with your windows can determine whether you should repair or replace them. Some problems are beyond repair and require complete replacement. In this article, we will explore the common signs that your home windows need to be repaired or replaced and how to determine what is the best option.

Signs your Home Windows Need to be Repaired or Replaced

  • Even when windows are closed, it feels drafty in your home
  • You can hear too much noise from outside
  • You have damaged frames that are either water damaged, soft, rotten, or chipped
  • You get condensation between glass layers
  • You have an increase in your energy costs
  • You have broken seals or panes
  • You have difficulty opening, closing, or locking your windows
  • You have single-pane windows
  • You own a home built before 1960

Can Home Windows be Repaired?

Home windows can be repaired. There are several simple fixes that you can do if the damage to the window does not require a replacement altogether. If you have wood windows, even if it looks severely damaged, sometimes they can still be repaired. Areas that have gone rotten can be renewed with liquid epoxy. If there are cracks in the windowsills or trim, fill those cracks with epoxy putty. That putty is capable of being sanded and painted to match the rest of the trim or windowsill. If there are any gaps around sashes, weather stripping such as tubular foam or adhesive vinyl can be used to fill them in. If you have non-wood windows, usually the gaskets do not last as long as the windows themselves. The window manufacturer can provide replacement gaskets to you if they are needed. If these solutions don’t solve the problem, your windows likely will need to be replaced and there is nothing more you can do to repair them.


Is it Better to Repair or Replace Windows?

To determine whether to repair or replace your windows, you will need to assess where the damage or problems are and how serious they are. If you notice any of the following five most common problems: rotting wood, windows that are hard to open and close, broken seals, broken panes, and drafty windows, you should consider replacing your windows.

If you live in a home that was built before 1960 and the windows have not been replaced, there are a few things to be considered before determining whether to repair or replace the windows. Most houses built before 1960 used lead-based paints, so when those older single-pane windows are opened and closed, they can release lead particles into the air, which can cause lead poisoning in children. If these older windows are replaced, it can help to eliminate the risk of the lead dust being spread every time the windows are opened and closed. Another thing to consider when owning an older home is that the windows might be one of the details that adds to the aesthetics of the house. For some styles of houses, the window frames are what distinguish their design from other homes built more recently. If there are problems in specific areas of your windows, they may only need to be repaired instead of getting a full replacement. However, if you do need to get a complete replacement, try getting a stylist to match your previous windows.


Can you Replace Just the Glass on a Window?

Yes, you can replace just the glass on a window as long as the frames are still in good shape. For example, if a baseball flies through the window and leaves a whole in it, it would probably save you money to simply replace the glass as opposed to replacing the entire window. It is recommended that you hire someone who specializes in window glass replacement because removing and replacing the glass yourself can be very difficult.

If you don’t know whether to repair or replace your windows. Contact an expert. Morrison Custom Construction has over 20 years of experience repairing and replacing windows and doors. Call us today for a free estimate 610.636.9637