When it comes to home improvement, windows are often the most neglected. Most homeowners think that their home windows will last them a lifetime. It is only when they can see the signs of dilapidated windows that they consider having it repaired. But do repairs still work or should you have the windows replaced instead?
And then some homeowners choose to do their window replacement on their own. It may seem like a good idea to make it a DIY project, but window replacement requires more than just the windows being replaced. There is more to it than meets the eye. Frequently, homeowners make their decision to have the windows repaired instead of replaced without a full understanding of its implications to the overall efficiency of their home.
Although there is no need for homeowners to wait until their windows are drafty before they decide to replace it, it is still essential to know how long the repairs will hold the windows together. If you decide on a replacement, how long until the replacement needs to be changed again? Most window replacements could last about 15 to 25 years, which usually is included in the service contract as a lifetime warranty.
Within the 15 to 25 years, your windows will need servicing like adding caulking and checking on the insulation. These are a few of the temporary fixes that can be done to your windows. But when the status of the windows is much worse, you will need to have them replaced instead. How do you know that a replacement window is the better option?
– When the window frame is damaged, you better have the window replaced rather than repaired. Weather stripping or a simple hardware replacement are two other options you may have. But when a window is severely damaged, not only does it become unattractive, but it also compromises the overall efficiency of the home. The cracks on the window frame could also be home to unwanted insects in the house.
– If you have a double paned or a triple paned window, then this might be a problem. The hole in the window may be barely noticeable until the condensation gets trapped in and you hardly can see anything from the inside looking out. The fog-like appearance on the glass windows indicates the presence of gas where there shouldn’t be. Once a double or triple paned window starts to show signs of a leak, it is best to have them replaced immediately.
– When the window starts to get stuck when you close it should be replaced immediately. On the outside, they may look perfectly fine, but such noise is an indication that the window is damaged. The sounds are a sign that the window may break down on you in the near future. Don’t wait for it to happen. Address the problem immediately and call the window experts to have it replaced.
Repair or replace? When it comes to your window, it is best to consult home exterior improvement experts. They will know exactly what needs to be done.