1. Repair or Replace? The Eternal Windows Dilemma for Home Owners

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    Windows are one element of your home that you don't think about much until they need attention. At some point, you will ask yourself a question that occurs to every homeowner. Has the time come to replace those older windows or will a repair or two be sufficient? Here are some points to consider closely before deciding what to do about those windows.

    Windows That are Old

    It's true that windows are built to last for a long time. Many people can live in a home their entire lives and never have a single problem. Others are not so fortunate.

    If you've purchased a home that is several decades old and the original windows are still in place, it pays to have a professional examine them. Even if you are not having any issues right now, problems could begin to develop in the next year or so.

    The professional will confirm the state of your windows. When there is nothing more than one or two minor matters to resolve, it makes sense to invest in window repairs. When the inspection uncovers a number of problems, you would do well to get a quote for replacing all of the windows.

    Windows and Condensation

    There was a time when single pane windows was the mot popular choice. Many professionals recommend double pane glass today. One of the reasons has to do with condensation.

    When there's a significant difference between the temperature inside and out, condensation tends to form on single pane glass. It's less likely with double pane glass. If you have grown tired of wiping away condensation in order to see out of a window, it does make sense to consider a window replacement.

    Windows That Won't Open

    Older windows relied on cord and pulls that are rarely found with newer designs. The reason for the changes is that those older mechanisms could break down easily.

    If your home was built several decades ago, there's a good chance the window design is one of the reasons you have so much trouble opening a window. By choosing to invest in new vinyl windows, you'll be able to open a window any time you like without running the risk of developing a hernia.

    Windows That Won't Stay Open

    You may find it easy to raise a window sash, but what happens next is not so pleasant. The sash will not stay in the position you desire. That means using some sort of prop to keep the sash in place.

    Unless you like the idea of creating a supply of broom handles in several different lengths, it's time to make a change. Those new windows won't require some sort of prop. Whether you want to raise the sash a few inches or have the window as open as possible, you can rest assured nothing will come crashing down on the sill.

    Windows That Won't Close

    Raising a sash is easy and it stays exactly where you set it. That's great until you are ready to close the window. When the sash seems to be glued in place, it can take a lot of effort to close it.

    If that sort of thing is happening with your windows, a repair may be possible. The only way to know for sure is to have a professional take a look. You may find that it will be cheaper in the long run to get rid of the old window and replace it with a design that is less likely to stick.

    Windows With Damaged Frames and Sashes

    Wooden window sashes and frames are still popular but they do present some potential problems. One of the most common is rotting wood. Even with careful cleaning and the right type of sealing agent, the wood can still deteriorate over time.

    Take a good look at your wood window components. Do you see any signs of wood that is rotting? Go one step further and press on some of the wood surfaces. Are they solid or do you feel as if they are about to crush under the weight of the pressure?

    Repairing one small section that has rotted is one thing. Larger frame or sash sections that are rotting need to go. Your best bet is to talk with a professional and explore options for windows replacement (in Pickering) that involve the use of something other than wood.

    Windows That are Drafty

    When you are seated near one or more windows, do you feel a distinct draft? A flow of cold air during the winter months or hot air during the summer makes it harder to keep the temperature indoors at the level you want.

    An expert can examine your windows and determine if a few repairs would correct the problem. If there are signs of major issues, you will likely find it more cost effective to replace all the windows.

    Windows That You Don't Like

    The only issue may be that you don't like the window design. Perhaps it happens to be one that was popular in decades past but now seems to date the home's appearance. While they still work just fine and don't seem to be causing any increases in energy consumption, it would be nice to have windows that are more in line with the times and the style of your home.

    In this instance, there's no need to make repairs. The best move you can make is call a contractor and arrange for the professional to provide information about a few different designs. Along with a more appealing appearance, those new windows will improve the market value of the property. That will come in handy if you decide to sell the house after a few years.

    When the time does come to windows repair or replacement, keep things simple. Find out how much the repairs would cost versus replacing all the windows. If there is very little difference, go with the full replacement. The investment will pay off in terms of avoiding repairs in the future and probably saving money on heating and cooling costs.


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