One of the most frequently asked window questions is, “Should I repair or replace my windows?” It’s a good question—we all look for ways to save, right? So, how do you know when to repair or replace your windows?
When it comes to window repair vs. replacement, it’s generally best to talk to a professional company. They’ll be able to assess your windows (and any damage) and determine whether a repair will suffice or full replacement is necessary.
We understand, however, that talking to professionals is not always easy or convenient, so we’ve put together a list of common signs that indicate your windows are in bad shape:
- Faulty operation (window doesn’t fully open or close)
- Broken or cracked glass
- Broken locks, latches, or handles
- Mold or moisture on the window sill and/or between the sash and the frame
- Excess condensation on the pane
- Rotting or broken muntins
- Stuck sash
- Cracked or rotting exterior trim
- Warm or cold spots near the window (inside)
If your windows are experiencing more than one of these problems, you most likely need to replace them. Trust us, when you truly need replacement and opt for repair instead, hoping to get another few years out of your windows and save a few bucks, this may end up hurting you in the long run!
Some problems, such as broken locks and sashes, can be fixed fairly easily. Dealing with broken glass or rotting, on the other hand, requires the help of professionals.
If you have been dealing with window repairs in the last couple of years, you know how frustrating (and costly) that can be! Keep this in mind—more frequent (and increasingly expensive) repairs often indicate the need for window replacement.
If a repair just won’t cut it and your windows need to be replaced, don’t worry. Although more costly on the front end (compared to repair), window replacement can:
- Provide better energy efficiency
- Improve home comfort year round
- Raise your home’s value and boost curb appeal
- Offer higher security
- Protect against UV rays (depending on the glass)
- And more
If you want to learn more about window repair vs. replacement—or have any other window questions—feel free to browse our website, and be sure to visit our FAQ page. We install quality replacement windows in homes throughout Bethesda, Rockville, and surrounding areas.
Ready to schedule a window consultation? Contact us online or give us a call at (240) 454-3799!