Top Tips On Easy Window Repair
There comes a day in every homeowner's life when a repair or two or three happens. Window repair is one of the most common repairs that will have to be done at least once in the life of a home. Some of these repairs can be done yourself and some need an installer or repair person like ours that are licensed. Here we will touch on the basics that you need to repair a window.
To repair or replace--that is the question.
One of the first things you need to determine is whether you need to repair or replace the windows. Just jumping into either without knowing what you really need is something that will cost you dearly. Also, you don't want to have to do something over again and pay double. So, in this case--a qualified installer will be able to show you why you need either one.
The energy saving myth.
The number one mistake that people make with windows is believing that you need to replace your windows to save energy costs. The worst thing you can do is just jump to that expense because you can make just as big an impact by having the existing windows sealed instead. Get an assessment and do it.
Replacement may hurt certain homeowners.
For those of you who have “period” homes like those with vintage appeal like maybe art deco etc. then changing to new windows is certain to bring the price down if you should sell. These things are property value killers so in this case, a restoration specialist or experienced installer is who to call.
The cost of repairing versus replacement is essential to know. If the cause is wood rot and there is a lot of it--you would be paying close to what a new window would cost. This is because they have to take the whole sill out to repair it. If you only have patches, you can sand it and fill it for maybe $25 or less.
This also needs the same assessment. If it is a broken glass vintage window or one that has more than one pane then you should repair it. However; if it is a cheap vinyl one then replace it since they are the cheapest to replace.
There have been a plethora of online products that state they are the be all and end all--to obliterating the fog that happens on windows and sliding glass doors from broken seals. But alas, research concludes unhappy results. Unfortunately though--this is a common problem with the only fix being to replace the window.
Windows with a mood.
When they feel like working--they do and when they don't feel like working they don't. Sound like a person? Well, your home does take on a mind of its own sometimes. When the weather changes--things expand and retract. Your windows lose their tracking from use over time and will cease to operate properly. Repairing the sash entirely will preserve the frame and you don't have to break the bank to do it.
Window drafts come from a lot of things but if a tube of calk will do it for you then this is one of the cheapest repairs going. As we stated earlier--repairing leaks is the way to make energy bills smaller.
Weather stripping is the most important item in your windows as well as glass. You can find a weather stripping that suites the type of windows you have and quite cheaply. You can get nearly any type needed for between $21 and $38 per window.
Knowing the why's of what to do is half the battle. We shared the secrets of why you should ever need to replace a window and the least expensive way to repair them. Being an expert in any business is more than selling the best products and services to your clients--it's about educating them with information that will save them time and money in the long-run. We want to earn your loyalty--call us now for a window repair or replacement consultation.