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Is It Better to Repair or Replace Windows?
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Is It Better to Repair or Replace Windows?

Cracked glass? Foggy windowpane? Rotted casing? Windows are prone to their share of problems over time, however, that doesn’t necessarily always mean that they need to be replaced.

While new windows are likely to enhance your home’s curb appeal and improve its energy efficiency and sound insulation properties, they’re also likely to come at an added cost. So, when do you need to repair your windows versus when they should be replaced? We break it all down in this guide:

When to Repair Windows

Here’s a look at some situations where repairs may be adequate:

Cracked Caulk

If you notice drafts coming from your window, the first thing you should do is check the caulking. This can deteriorate from time to time. Most windows can simply be re-caulked.

Broken Glass

If you have cracked or broken glass, it’s likely that the pane can be replaced.

Casing Damage

Cracked, rotted or loose window casing? If the window is still in good shape, focus on replacing the casing – not the window.

When to Replace Windows

Windows aren’t designed to last forever, and sooner or later you’re likely to have to replace the ones in your home. Here’s a look at some tell-tale signs that it’s time to replace your windows:

Foggy Windows 

If your windows are frequently fogging up, it’s likely because there’s condensation forming inside of the panes of your windows. This often happens on double or triple-pane windows where a seal is broken in the windows. A quality replacement window is properly sealed so this problem doesn’t occur. 

Excessive Water Intrusion 

Minor water intrusion can often be resolved by replacing the exterior casing – but if water is still entering your home via the window, it could be a sign of a more significant problem. A new window installation is likely the only way to resolve it. 

Old Age 

If your windows are more than 20 years old, it is likely time to replace them rather than repair them. Think of it like caring for an old vehicle – you can sink big dollars into your current model so it continues to operate, albeit likely inefficiently, or you can invest that money on a new, more efficient model. Windows are similar in that new models are much more efficient than ones manufactured decades ago, which can save you money on utilities while keeping your home comfortable. 

Quality replacement windows from Brookstone Windows and Doors

Contact Brookstone Windows and Doors for Quality Replacement Windows 

For more information on when it makes sense to repair your existing windows versus replacing your windows, contact our team of professionals today. As the leading local provider of quality windows and doors, you can trust us to empower you with the information to help you make your decision. 

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