Those old wooden windows of yours are one of the most valuable, yet underrated elements of your house. If you are facing window problems, consider the following tips for help in deciding whether you should repair or replace them.
To Replace, or not to Replace? (That IS the question!)
Are your windows timeworn, cranky or drafty? Do they no longer go well with your home’s exterior because of other changes you’ve made to your home? Don’t serve your interior living space anymore in the ways you’d like them to? Or, do you get replacement reflex every time just start thinking about them?
New windows are always a good thing, because they’re new, but that doesn’t resolve the cost issues involved. Replacing the windows in your house can run anywhere from $10,000 upwards of $30,000 or more, depending upon the type and number of windows involved.
If you have a lot of windows in your house, and/or still can’t make up your mind, look for repair solutions first.
Anything from age, weather and even abrasive cleaners can cause glass to weaken. The good news is, glass repairs are easy and affordable to accomplish.If your frame is damaged, look for a professional with a reputation for vintage, multi-pane and/or aluminum-clad window experience.
When the seal on your window is broken, it affects the pane too! Complete pane replacement may be needed in these cases.
With the passage of time, dirt and grit start accumulating in window tracks, which can lead to hardware breakage and trouble with functionality. If your windows are not working smoothly, or not opening, they’re ‘cranky’.
In these cases, it’s important to try to repair them before the damage gets worse. Use a putty knife to scrape down the old putty and oil paints. In many cases you may be able to clean the window tracks and/or replace the hardware for a quick and cost effective DIY fix.
Improper care and bad weather conditions cause wooden windows to deteriorate. Rotten frames and sashes make way for water and air leaks.The amount of rot will determine who and how your window should be repaired.
DIY small patches yourself with epoxy, but have your local handyman tackle larger areas. If the window is rotten all over, replacement may be the best way to go. Get a professional review.
According to Houselogic.com, homeowners can expect to reap an average of 7-15% in savings if they install energy efficient windows. However, if you seal existing window and other leaks in your home, 10-20% can be saved on energy bills.
Homeowners often think the only resolution to wooden windows in need of care is replacing them. Depending on your situation, just the opposite may be true.