Repair or replace? When it comes to your home’s windows, that’s the essential question you may need to ask yourself at some point. Top-quality, well-maintained windows could last 20 years or more, but many factors determine their longevity. For instance, windows in coastal cities or areas prone to harsh weather and sunlight might age faster than windows in more temperate regions. However, if your windows are more than a couple of decades old, there are a number of ways you can tell if they need to be replaced.
Your Windows Won’t Open
This might seem like an obvious one, but some people assume that when a window no longer opens, all that’s required is professional repair by a knowledgeable professional who will be able to detect problems they can’t. Although that may be true in some cases, often windows won’t budge or won’t stay open because the home’s foundation has shifted, changing the size and shape of the window opening. When that occurs, your best possible option to restore full functionality is to replace your current window with a correctly sized one. Also, sometimes, believe it or not, windows don’t open because they have been painted shut, in which case a repair job is more appropriate.
Your Windows Are Damaged
For windows with damaged weatherstripping or hardware, a repair may be the better and more cost-effective option. But, as professionals will tell you, replacing a window that has a damaged, warped, or broken window sash or frame is almost always preferable to repair, if only because that window may very well develop more problems down the road. Signs of damage or warping include sashes that stick when you open and close them.
Even if your windows are currently operable, your window may be showing signs of damage. For example, double-pane windows that fog up need to be replaced. That’s because the seal on the glass panes have likely failed, allowing air and moisture to enter the window and cause that annoying fog that blocks your view and is almost impossible to wipe off. Some homeowners may choose to have the seal fixed, but if the window frame is also warped due to moisture exposure, the seal will continually fail.
Your Windows Are Drafty
According to U.S. Department of Energy, heat gain and heat loss through windows account for about 25% of residential energy loss. This means that if your windows are drafty your monthly energy costs may be much higher than it should be. To keep your home at a more comfortable temperature and reduce your energy bills, replace drafty windows with more energy-efficient options. But don’t assume that all energy-efficient windows are the same. Some windows will suit your climate much better than others. When you want energy-efficient windows that you can trust and are tailored to your climate, it’s best to rely on reputable contractors that source windows from well-established manufacturers, such as Pella®. Widely considered an industry leader, Pella offers windows in different levels of Low-E, insulating glass designed for specific climate types.
Consider Dreamstyle Remodeling
With more than 60,000 successful home improvement projects completed, including countless window replacements, Dreamstyle can help you choose windows that complement your home’s architecture beautifully and meet your energy-saving goals. We install a huge selection of Pella windows in a variety of visually striking styles, from double-hung and casement to awning and more. Plus, all of these windows are available in charming wood, durable fiberglass, or low-maintenance vinyl to suit your budget and aesthetic preference. If you would like more information about our window replacement service, contact us today.