Repairing windows may sound like a more affordable option than replacing them. However, certain window problems make the opposite true. For example, a problem that keeps recurring will cause you to spend more in repair costs over the months or years. Furthermore, your windows might have other issues that make repairs more expensive or almost impossible.
To guide your decision between repairing and replacing, check out the factors below. If your window has three or more of the following problems, you are better off replacing it than repairing it.
- Cracked or broken glass that poses safety and visual acuity issues;
- Muntins that are rotten or broken;
- Upper and lower sashes are not able to move because of layers of paint, they are off track, or cords on sash weights are broken;
- Drip or shield above the top of the window is rotten or missing;
- Rotten, loose, cracked, or missing window trim;
- Missing or easily broken putty holding glass panes to the muntins; and
- Extreme infiltration of water.
Today’s window manufacturing technology has improved, resulting in more window options and price points. And if you decide to replace your windows, you will also reap the benefits of a more eco-friendly and cost-effective home.