Window ChecklistThere are some homeowners who don’t want the hassle of repairing a window because of the inconvenience and mess. On the other side of the fence are the DIY guys who stand by their skills and ability to handle any job around the house. Both sides are commendable because the reasons are justified and understandable. However, if you are one of those caught in the middle: you cannot decide between a repair or replacement of your damaged window, here’s a checklist designed just for you:

When to Repair a Window

If your window can’t open properly, it is possible that all that is needed is a mechanical fix. Or, it could be that the window was painted over in such a way to prevent it from being opened. Structurally, if there is no damage, a simple DIY job will fix it easily. Replace the lock and hinges or remove the paint or use a sash saw to create an opening through the paint so you can open and close the window.

Some houses have been restored and valuable because they have a history. It would be a shame to replace the windows because it would lower the value of the property to have something modern in an antique home. Also, the modern windows will do nothing to enhance a historical landmark. For cases like this, it is best to repair but find a professional who can do the job well. The cost of a professional repair is justified because of the history and value of the house.

 When to Replace a Window

If the window frame has rotted, glass is broken or cracked, and fixtures don’t work – it is better to replace the entire system. Trying to repair each part would cost more in terms of time, effort, and replacement parts, especially if the window is not standard size.

If your window is old and has not yet been replaced in over 10 years, even if it looks okay, it is best to have a professional inspect it and its support for structural damage. Going back in history you might recall that 2007 was the time when the US went through a recession. During this time, less was spent on non-essentials including household repairs and equipment. Residential construction was one of the industries that suffered greatly with record unemployment numbers. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it was only in 2012 that there were fewer accidents in the construction industry as safety regulations were more strictly enforced.  In the past decade, window material has improved vastly and costs much less.

If you have a leak but cannot trace the cause, have a professional inspect the window and make recommendations. You may have to replace the sash or change the glass.

If you want an upgrade to increase the value of your property, a replacement window is highly recommended not only for aesthetic value but also because it will improve your energy consumption.

Before you decide to do a repair, ask for a quotation for a replacement window. You just might be surprised by the lower, budget-friendly costs especially if you choose to work with Castle Impact Windows.

In summary, replacement window is better if:

  • The glass is cracked, chipped or broken
  • The wood separating the panes is rotting
  • Sash cannot move
  • Drip is rotting or missing
  • Trim is rotting, loose, missing, or cracked
  • Water is coming from outside or heat is escaping out from inside