04 Aug How To Know If You Should Repair Or Replace Your Windows
Repair or replace the windows? It is a question we get asked a lot at the showroom. Clients worry that their windows are maybe getting a bit old, or maybe they want to add some value to the home. Replacing the windows is a big step when often a repair will suffice. On the other hand there is no point repairing a window that is coming to the end of its life.
Your decision on repair or replace may come down to the value you want to add to the home. It may also come down to need. Either way you should consider which is best, before starting the work. A few pointers on how to weigh up the alternatives may help the decision making.
Deciding if you should repair or replace your windows should include:
- How old are the windows in the home?
- Ask a trusted contractor for their advice
- Are you doing repairs, a lot?
- Do you have a budget to repair or replace the windows?
Let’s take a closer look at each point.
How old are the windows in the home?
Your windows may look fine and could be working without any problems. How old are they, though? Are they there since you moved in or even when the house was built back in the ‘80s?
These are essential questions to ask. Advancements in window technology have improved them over the years. Modern windows are very efficient at keeping the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Frames do not shrink, and air does not flow in or out of the home, carrying valuable hot or cold air. Modern windows are strong on security, an added feature you should not ignore.
If the windows are getting old, the modern versions may be far better value.
Ask a trusted contractor for their advice
You may like your windows, but do you know enough about repairing or replacing them?
A trusted contractor knows what they are talking about, when it comes to windows. The years of experience teach them when to repair, but when to stop repairing too. They will know when your only alternative is to replace the windows. At Quad City windows we have a team who can visit your home and give you the best of advice.
Often a good repair project is all you need. Alternatively, replacing over repairing may be a big decision, but sometimes it is for the best.
Are you doing repairs, a lot?
Do you carry out annual maintenance of the windows at home? You should do, as it is the best way to preserve the quality of the windows. A few repairs here and there can save a lot of money.
There comes a time when maybe you are doing repairs to the repairs. This can happen when your windows are old ones, and maybe predate you coming to the house. When you find that you are spending more money each year on repairs, you really should consider replacing the windows.
The investment in replacing the old windows will outweigh the annual cost of repairs.
Do you have a budget to repair or replace the windows?
It is a simple question, but one you need to ask.
Take a look at the home finances. If you are planning to spend on replacing the windows, have you got the money, and is it worth it? We often see that a spend on repairing your windows is more than worth the effort.
Prolonging the life of your windows can save you money.
If the windows need replacing, maybe do a room per year. It is an excellent way to minimize disruption and to keep within a budget.
At Quad City Windows we know about repairs and can walk you through the benefits and drawbacks of replacing your windows too. There’s no “one size fits all” approach and we can help you find the solution that works best for your home and budget.