4 Ways To Know: Should you Repair or Replace Your Windows?
There are a number of reasons why you might have the window blues. Ugly windows, drafty windows, and foggy
windows are some of the most common frustrations that we hear from homeowners in Atlanta. But how do you know when it’s time to actually replace them?
Window repair for glass and components is usually an affordable solution when you are addressing a small amount of windows. Depending on your manufacturer and the age of your windows, you may even get lucky enough to have available replacement parts.
If your window problem is universal, replacement is often the more affordable and smarter investment for long term. With rapidly evolving window technology, energy savings and comfort benefits pay dividends in the resale value and joy you get from your home. According to a recent CNBC article, “ A $10,000 expenditure on new windows can bump up an asking price on a house about $8,500.”
Fixing Foggy Windows:
Fog on the inside of your glass is the first indicator that you have a broken seal in your window pane. From the factory,
window panes are made air-tight with argon gasses inserted between, but when the seal breaks moisture is allowed in and trapped. This is usually caused by the expansion and contraction of window frames in summer and winter.
Glass repair companies can usually remove the existing pane and replace it with a new piece of glass for $150-$350. However, you won’t get the energy saving benefit with this method since the new glass won’t be argon filled.
Replacement Windows can come at a higher cost, $300 – $500, but with the extra investment your opening will be secured with the highest energy saving ability.
Fixing Drafty Windows:
Drafty windows usually are caused by failing window frames, or failing glass components. Bottom line, air is allowed to seep through and cause major energy loss.
If your glass and window sashes are in working order, it is possible that the area around your window frame can be insulated to reduce the air flow for $100 – $300. But if you have multiple failing window components, replacement is likely the best investment, since new window installation will ensure a maximum barrier from the outside components.
Fixing Broken Glass
Replacing broken glass for a single window is probably best left to a window repair, assuming that your other windows are in good shape. Repair companies can remove the pane and install a new piece of glass while restoring the consistent look of the window. Note: this window probably won’t be as efficient as it once was. Ask for Low-E Coating on the new glass to minimize penetration from UV light.
If your glass has become brittle, hazy, or drafy, the one broken window may be a good sign that it’s time to replace the others.
Fixing Crank Out Windows
Window components such as crank out handles, locks, and sliders, can wear over time. Depending on your manufacturer, you may get lucky enough to find replacement parts. In this case, a repair is a great option.
In some cases, aftermarket parts and work-arounds can repair “crank out” windows, known as casement windows. However, this is usually expensive at $100-$300 per window.
If all of your windows are experiencing problems with opening, closing, or sealing, it is likely time to consider replacement. New casement windows may only cost a couple hundred more than repairs at $400-$550.
Conclusion: If all of your windows are having problems, replacement windows are a better investment. If your windows are otherwise good, and less than 10 years old, repairs offer the better pay-off.