Window Repair or Window Replacement?
- August 14, 2017
- Posted by: FHR Construction Inc
- Category: Construction Consultant, General Construction
Even windows and glass doors of the highest quality will eventually need to undergo repair or replacement. Wear and tear is a natural process that occurs over long periods of time, even with recommended window maintenance and regular cleaning.
Other influencing factors include weather exposure and old window frames, not to mention breakage and chips from accidents around the property. Deciding when it’s time for window repair, and whether or not you require full window replacement can be assessed by considering these following points.
Reasons for Window Replacement
Window replacement is called for when the problem at hand either cannot be fixed, or when a repair job only temporarily fixes a problem that is likely to occur again, and continually cost you money.
1. Out-Dated Windows:
The structure, design and materials used to make and maintain windows continually changes. Standards and quality improve and old fittings become outdated and damaged.
Certain minor damages such as window chips and broken seals are repairable, but if these problems are continually occurring, it may be worth investing in new windows. You’ll find that there are a lot more options on the market, including pioneering energy efficient windows that use high quality window glazing, gas fills, and a more extensive range of frame materials.
You may also find that the older your windows get, the harder it is to find repair parts. An easier option, even for petty window damages, can sometimes be to replace them.
2. Rotten Wood:
Wooden window frames can easily suffer from moisture and weather damage, however if tended to correctly and promptly, they are easy to restore back to life. If not, the thing to look out for is if the wood has rotten to the core. This calls for an entire replacement, whether it be the window sash, the rail, the muntin bar, the window jamb, or the entire frame.
3. Damages and Breakage:
If broken or smashed panes occur, certain action must be taken in order to avoid dangerous outcomes. The safest solution is to seek a full repair service from professional window repairers. A possible exception may be if the particular material used is either extremely expensive or you are unable to find a replacement, in which case a professional repair job may suffice.
Reasons for Window Repair
Not many window damages require full replacement, in fact you will usually be able to find an appropriate repair solution, particularly if you contact a window repair professional where you get professional results for a very competitive price. Here are some common examples…
You may find that your windows appear continually stained, cloudy and dusty, even after cleaning them. This dust and condensation build up is particularly common in humid Queensland, and comes from damaged seals. Simply installing a new sash does the job.
2. Chips Cracks and Holes:
A silicone sealant is a handy purchase from your hardware store. For those little cracks and crevices that form around your windows, a sealant is the best thing to use. They will fill the gaps, and stop any air leakage and weather penetration.
3. Old Gaskets:
Gaskets that seal window sashes do not have the same overall life span as the rest of the window, whether it is made of vinyl, fibreglass, or aluminium. Whilst these types of windows can remain strong for up to 2 decades, the gaskets will not. A window supplier should be able to provide you with the correct fitting.
4. Broken Seals:
You may notice condensation and fog within your window panes. Whilst this is common, it is not necessary, and usually means that a broken seal is present. This is easily repaired by installing a new sash.
5. Dried and Cracked Putty:
Putty glazing does not need to be repaired often, but it does eventually start to dry out and crack. There’s no need to worry however, it is easily repaired by applying a new glaze.
You will find that more often than not you will be able to repair your windows; however it is important to be aware of when window replacements are necessary. Taking notice of the symptoms and signs mentioned above and measuring the extent of the damage will help you to determine what is best for your windows – repairs or replacements.