Proper maintenance of your windows is very important if you hope to prolong the life of your windows. Unfortunately, just like everything else in life, your windows will exceed their usefulness. At some point, they will not become as functional as they used to be and so the big question arises as to whether you should consider window replacement or window repair. These 3 things will help you decide.
Is your window leaking water or air?
Anything leaking into your home through your window is likely to cause a lot of damage to it. When water leaks into your home, it can cause problems such as mold while air can create drafts. The kind of damage that these two elements can cause may end up costing you thousands of dollars to repair. This may require you to either replace or repair your window.
No matter how much you clean it, does your window always look dirty?
Window glass is known to be durable but at one point, the smooth surface may become a little rough. The use of abrasive materials to clean the window or certain weather elements such as rain may make the glass appear as if it has a “haze” over it. This will hardly affect the performance of the window but it won’t look very appealing and it might limit the natural light getting into your home. At this point, you may need to consider window replacement.
Do you have foggy or broken glass?
Broken glass is a whole other issue that may require the entire window to be replaced by a professional. If your window is single paned, then you might just need to repair it although single pane windows are not energy efficient so you might consider replacing it with double paned insulated glass.
If you have a double paned insulated glass window and it appears to be foggy, there could be an issue with the seal. The panes of window are separated by an air spacer so when the seal allows air into the space, a permanent unsightly fog may form on your window. At this point, window replacement or repair may be a good idea.
In summary, repairing a window is only a short term solution as opposed to replacing it. In fact, it is a cheaper option but replacement is much more cost effective in the long run. At the end of the day, the decision as to whether you should consider window replacement or repair depends on the amount of work that has to be done to make the window functional.