When To Repair, When To Replace Home Windows
The modern solution for faulty home windows seems to be weighted in favor of replacing, rather than repairing them. Typically it is more cost effective to update and replace your windows if they are older than 20 years. Vast improvements in the manufacturing process make it ideal for homeowners to get better quality and function at a lower price, rather than repair an older window that will keep draining your pockets.
Typical problems with older windows:
- Water Leakage
- Foggy Windows
- Cracked or Broken Glass
- Broken Muntins or Mullions
- Inoperable Sashes
- Missing or Rotting Drip Cap
- Poor Exterior Casing
In some cases you may notice water marks around areas of the windows. This is due to the seals of the window being damaged. When drainpipes and gutters are not functioning properly they may direct water towards the windows. A window’s seal is typically not meant to handle so much force. This may also be a direct result of other problems with your home’s exterior.
When a window shows condensation on the inside of its double or triple panes, it means there is a fault in the IGU (insulated glass unit). Today’s windows have IGUs built in and sealed during the manufacturing process. There is no “fix” for this problem other than removing and replacing either the whole window or sash.
Broken Muntins or Mullions
These are the pieces of wood that separate panes of glass in older windows. In most cases to repair a broken or rotten muntin or mullion means to rebuild the window.
A window that is unable to move properly is most likely experiencing a problem with the sash. This could be due to multiple layers of paint bridging the sash and frame, holding the two together. Or the sash might have come off track. When sashes are hard to raise, the cause is usually broken cords on sash weights. The good news is if you windows are fairly new – you should be able to replace the sash rather than the entire window.
Missing or Rotting Drip Cap
This may be the easiest fix for home owners. The Drip Cap is the shield at the top of the window. Make sure it is rot/rust free and in good condition.
Poor Exterior Casing
Often this is tell tale sign of a damaged window. Although a damaged window casing may be unattractive and unsightly, it doesn’t mean that there is a problem with the windows functionality.
Deciding To Replace Your Windows
Homeowners who decide to replace the windows of their homes can, in fact, expect a return every year from heating and cooling costs while adding tremendous value to your home.
Green Star Exteriors is proud to have helped over 1,600 families in the Philadelphia & surrounding areas replace their home’s exterior and we’d be more than happy to assist yours. Contact us here to receive a free estimate on any of our replacement products and service.