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Window Repair vs Replacement

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When you start having issues with your windows, you may wonder if it’s better to repair or replace them. The window repair vs replacement debate really depends on the kind of issues you’re experiencing.

Here, we’ll discuss the kinds of window problems that can be easily repaired and when you should go straight for replacement.

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When to Choose Window Repair Over Replacement

Small issues like a sash that is difficult to operate or a lock or crank that doesn’t work properly can be addressed with repairs. But if you start to see issues with your window frames or panes, you should opt for replacement.

In many scenarios, which we’ll discuss below, repair simply puts a bandage on a problem. When you opt for repair, you may end up paying now and later when you inevitably have to have the repair redone or a replacement installed.

And in some cases, like rotting window frames, the problem can spread to other parts of your home if it isn’t completely taken care of. And if you guessed that taking care of the problem means window replacement, you’re correct.

When to Replace Your Windows

Here’s a more in-depth look at the six scenarios where you’d be better off with replacement windows:

1. You Have Broken Window Panes

This is an obvious sign your windows need some attention. A broken window pane not only opens your home up to the elements, it can be a security concern. In the vast majority of cases, replacing the entire window is easier and more cost-efficient than just replacing the glass.

This is especially true if you have double or triple-pane windows. Replacing just one pane in a multi-pane window often damages the window further. It is also extremely difficult to get a proper seal when replacing the glass on multi-pane windows, which cancels out any energy efficiency benefits.

broken window pane

2. You See Fog or Condensation Between Your Window Panes

If you have double or triple-pane windows and have spotted condensation or fog in between the panes, you have broken seals. Multi-pane windows have insulation between each pane, with a seal around the edges to ensure the insulating agent stays in and humidity stays out. When the seal is compromised, your windows will start to fog up on the inside between the panes. In some cases, water may even start to accumulate inside.

In addition to the fog that makes it difficult to see out your windows, broken seals mean that the insulating agent has leaked out and your windows are no longer as energy-efficient as they’re meant to be. If you’ve purchased double or triple-pane windows, their superior energy efficiency was likely a factor in your decision. Since they’re no longer providing the energy efficiency you originally wanted, your best bet is to replace them.

condensation on window

3. Your Frames are Rotting

Wooden windows are highly susceptible to rot, especially if you live in an area that is humid or sees a lot of rain. Rotting window frames not only compromise the integrity of your windows, but they open your entire home up to mold, mildew, and leaks.

If your wood windows are showing signs of rot, the best way to fix the problem is to replace the windows altogether. Covering the rot with epoxy is simply bandaging the problem. With vinyl replacement windows, you’ll enjoy increased energy efficiency and peace of mind knowing that your windows will never rot.

rotting window frame

4. The Exterior Casing is Rotting

Window frame damage isn’t restricted to the interior of your home! A window’s exterior casing performs the same function as the trim on the interior of the windows. And like the trim on the inside of your windows, when the exterior casing is damaged, broken, or rotting, you’re opening your home up to moisture, mold, and mildew. This is especially true if your windows and casing are wood.

The easiest way to get to the root of the problem is replacing the entire window with modern vinyl replacement windows. These windows do not rot, which reduces the chances of your exterior casing ever becoming compromised.

rotted exterior window casing

5. Your Windows Are Over 20 Years Old

Like every part of your home, windows have a lifespan. Most windows have a lifespan of 20-25 years, so if your windows are older than that, it’s time to think about replacement.

Believe it or not, window technology has progressed quite a bit over the past few decades! From features like low-E glass that increase your energy efficiency to light and durable vinyl frames, replacing your old windows with modern replacements will boost your home’s curb appeal and help you save money on your energy bills every month.

6. Your Windows Let in Too Much Sound

If you live near a busy road, train tracks, or just have neighbors that like to mow their lawn at 7 AM on a Saturday, you might think there’s nothing you can do about the sound. But there is! Modern multi-pane windows actually dampen sound better than their older counterparts. The additional insulation prevents as much outside noise from entering your home. 

What You Get With Replacement Windows

Replacement windows are more than just a solution to one of the above problems. When you choose modern replacement windows from Window World for your home, you’ll reap the following benefits:

White awning windows letting natural light into sitting room

Window World Specializes in Vinyl Replacement Windows

If you’ve realized your windows are beyond repair, make Window World of Long Island your first choice in replacement windows. With a variety of window styles and colors to match any home and our lifetime warranty, you’ll enjoy your updated home and the peace of mind that comes with it. To get started, request your free estimate today!