Windows get repaired or replaced for a variety of reasons: kids playing ball, wood rot, moisture and condensation, or greater energy performance, just to name a few reasons for home window repair. Know whether to repair or to replace by learning more about these common issues.
Reasons for Home Window Repair or Replacement
Cracked or Broken Pane – Whether a stray ball or bird collision busted your windowpane, there is not much else to do but repair with this issue; unless you don’t mind a dull cardboard patch blocking the elements. This does require a certain amount of skill, as you must pull out the window, remove the glass and putty, all in preparation for the new glass. After the replacement pane goes in, you must then fix up the frame itself.
Wood Rot – Lack of or inadequate gutters can cause rainwater to stay on window sills and frames, allowing wood rot to occur. Reconstruction of slight wood rot can be finished by removing the dry rot, and adding epoxy fillers to the void. This is then followed by sanding, priming and painting the wood. If wood rot justifies extensive, repair, consider full replacement instead.
Dislodged Parts – When a window can’t open or close easily, or at all, any section of parts could have become displaced, such as a busted locking mechanism or a snapped sash cord. In most of these scenarios, unless you have a background, consider tasking your professional handyman. They can examine the broken lock part and replace it with possible new advances.
Moisture and Condensation Between Panes – In a double-paned window, if the seal enclosing the panes fails, moisture and condensation can occur. This issue benefits most from professional expertise of all the tasks on this list. To restore this issue instead of replacing the window (certainly the less costly choice) you must penetrate tiny holes in the insulated glass component, shoot cleaning solutions in between the panes and place vents in the holes.
Energy Efficiency – One way to advance the energy efficiency of your home requires replacing older windows with Energy Star-qualified windows that can lower household energy bills by up to 15%. That said, replacing the windows in your home proves an awfully pricey project. Have your professional handyman take a look at your windows to determine whether they require replacement or simply need additional weather-stripping to better insulate your home from outside elements and to reduce heat or cooling loss.
Retaining the Aesthetic Value of Older Windows
A separate concern to keep in mind is the aesthetic importance of your current windows. If you own an older home and favor the enchantment of the original windows to more modern replacements, repair of any kind combined with upgraded weather-stripping might be your best bet. Discuss with your handyman whatever issues the windows have and ask for estimates for repair and replacement. Once you know how much each costs and what the project will involve, you can make a more informed decision.
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