Your home’s windows are quite literally the windows to the world. This also means it’s important to keep them properly maintained. Although, do you know the difference between window replacement and window maintenance? Or when replacement is necessary over standard maintenance? Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t! If you aren’t quite sure of the difference yourself, then don’t fret! Here’s what you need to know.
Window Replacement vs. Window Repair
Many homeowners put off window replacement as long as possible because it can be quite an investment. And it can get pricey. Especially if you need multiple windows replaced. The good news is that you may not have to invest in a total replacement. It’s essential to understand the difference between the two:
- Window Replacement: This is required if a window or the surrounding area is damaged beyond repair.
- Window Repair: A repair is an excellent option in the face of cracked glass, drafts, or loose fittings.
So, how do you know which avenue to take? Here are a few signs that indicate you need to replace windows vs. repairing them:
- Foggy windows/inside condensation – replace
- Structural problems – replace
- Water leakage – replace
- Cracked/broken glass – repair
- Stuck/slow-moving window sashes – repair
- Minor drafts – repair
3 Signs Your Windows Need Replacing
If you aren’t quite sure whether you need window replacement or repair, keep reading. You’ll want to check out these three most common signs that you need to have your window replaced entirely:
1. Significant Weather Damage
Extreme hot and cold temperatures, UV rays, sea salt, hailstorms, and typhoons can all lead to significant window damage. This could include shattered panes and/or structural damage.
While some of the damage may be easily repaired, such as adding new windowpanes, structural damage will likely require full window repairs. Especially when the exterior window casing or the muntins and mullions are damaged during a storm.
2. Aesthetic Changes
Homeowners usually alter or reconstruct their houses when they have a growing family, build a lot-expansion, or do a complete makeover as their tastes change. Windows are one of the most viewable home features from the outside. It’s important to make sure they carry an updated sense of style, design, and improved functionality.
Also, consider installing taller or bigger windows. They can attract more natural light into rooms, making way for a serene spacing and refreshing ambiance.
3. Window Condensation
A little bit of condensation on the outside of your windows is usually nothing to worry about. In fact, that’s usually a direct result of various weather conditions. When this condensation is on the outside of your window, then your window is doing its job as it should. However, when you start to notice condensation on the inside of your window – then you’ve got a problem.
Several things can cause this moisture buildup; however, when the condensation is building up on the inside of your window, it’s usually indicative of a leaky window. When this is left unattended, this buildup of condensation can lead to structural problems. It can also increase your energy bills since these leaky windows allow airflow where it’s not intended to be. Your home’s heating/cooling system has to work harder to maintain the temperature and comfort of your home.
Friel Lumber: Your Window Experts
If the idea of window replacement has you completely overwhelmed – take a moment and breath! Then, why not reach out to the Friel Lumber team and get all your questions, comments, and concerns addressed by a team of professionals who know what they’re talking about?
We’ll help you identify whether you need to replace windows or simply have them repaired. Need more advice on window replacement? Contact us today for more information. Don’t forget to check out our blog for more homeowner tips.