If your windows are not working as they should be, it can be difficult to know whether you would be better off repairing or replacing them. A repair may or may not be a long-term solution depending on the type and amount of damage that has been done. However, it is going to be a much cheaper option than replacing them. It often depends on what the problem is with the window. Here is a guide to explain common issues and whether you should repair or replace your windows if you have one of these problems.
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Cracked Glass – Should You Repair or Replace Your Windows
It is much easier to repair an old-style single glazed window than a double or triple glazed window if the glass has been smashed. Whether you repair or replace often comes down to the age of the window. If your windows are older, it may be that you were thinking about replacing them anyway and this could be a good opportunity to do so.
How bad the problem is and how long it has been going on could make a big difference. If you have noticed a small difference due to a change in weather, for example, Advantage Construction’s window repair after a storm could help with the problem without you having to go to the expense of replacing your windows. For a small problem, you should also check it is not coming from your drainpipe or guttering rather than your window as this can be easy to mistake. If there is a lot of water leakage or damage, it is probably time to replace them.
If your window casing is damaged, it should not be left, as it can lead to more serious window damage that will need replacing. However, in the early stages, you could look at repairing it instead. This is a simple job and if you are good at DIY, you may even consider doing this yourself. Remember to paint it with exterior grade paint after you have finished fitting it to avoid issues later.
This is caused by condensation inside the windowpane’s double or triple glazed IGU. Unfortunately, this is not a job you can do yourself or even get a glazier to do for you as it is so specialized. There are a few companies around who could sort this problem out, but it is such a niche market that it is probably easier and cheaper to invest in some new windows.
If structural problems are causing issues for your windows, you will need to seek the opinion of a structural engineer. The likelihood is that the problem is bigger than the window itself, and you may even need part of your wall replacing as well as the windows.
These are some of the common problems you may have with your windows. If you are still unsure whether it is time to repair or replace them, it may be time to get some professional advice.