Over the years, we’ve found that some people never really know when to give up on repairs. Although the image above is a very extreme example, it does serve to illustrate the point we are trying to get across with this post. There is nothing wrong with repairing things rather than replacing them, and from an ecological point of view, you are doing the environment a favour and often you can save unnecessary expenses by simply having your windows repaired rather than completely replaced.
However, that’s not always the case. In fact, there are many situations where it may prove to be more expensive to constantly repair windows rather than biting the bullet and just having them replaced. In this blog post we look at when to give up on repairs.
Your Windows Do Not Open and Close Easily
As well as being incredibly irritating, when you can’t open or close your windows properly or it takes a lot of effort to do so, it is a sign all is not well. Rather than having them repaired, if they suffer from any of the other problems outlined below, it may be worth cutting your losses and having them replaced instead. As well as keeping your home well ventilated during the warmer months and providing a barrier for the colder weather, replacing windows that don’t function as they should can improve the overall safety of your home.
Your Furniture and Carpets Are Starting To Fade
When was the last time you had the windows in your property replaced? If your windows are incredibly old or only consist of a single pane, they may not provide the appropriate protection for the furniture and furnishings in your home from the sun’s UV rays. Rather than trying to repair these ineffective windows, it will be in your best interest in the long run to have them completely replaced with double or even triple glazing.
Condensation is probably the most common issue that can play havoc with the effectiveness of double glazing and this can result in the appearance and growth of mould. Therefore, if you notice the tell-tale signs of condensation gathering on the inside of the glass or that black and unappealing appearance of mould, the best solution would be to replace. Repairing would fix the problem only temporarily, whereas replacing could save you up to 20%.
As windows are designed as a barrier against the elements, they are designed to withstand a considerable amount of wear and tear. While scuffs and other general are no big concern, if your window frames are cracked or rotting, it is much better to replace them rather than trying to fix them.
There Are Cold Air and Drafts Getting In
Last but certainly not least, one of the main signs that its time to replace rather than repair is the fact that cold air and drafts are getting in. After all, one of the main reasons we have windows in the first place is to keep the cold air out and the warm air in.
After all is said and done, only you really know when to give up on repairs and it depends on how much you’re able to put up with. If you’d like to have one of our guys come over and advise you on what needs to be replaced and what should be repaired, just give us a call or use our online estimating tool to get an idea of price.