Tips for Buying New Windows
How do you know when your windows are can be repaired and when they should just be replaced? There are a few things you will want to look at in order to determine the answer to this question including what your options are, the cost of repairs, along with how effective the repairs will be, and determining whether a window can even be saved.
Should I Repair or Replace my Windows?
New windows have a lot to offer, such as energy savings, easier to clean, less drafts, and operate more smoothly, but they also cost a lot more than fixing your existing windows. In order to determine if you should replace your old windows or just fix them, you should ask yourself these three questions.
1. Is it worth repairing your old windows?
In some cases, windows are just too old or badly worn that it is necessary for them to be replaced. Here are some things to look for:
- If any part of your wood window is beginning to rot, you should consider replacing them. Once rotting starts, there is no way to stop it. You could take the time to replace the wood, but this can be a difficult job.
- If you have double-pane glass and it is foggy between the two panes, there is no fix. You will need to either replace the panes of glass or install new windows. Consider the cost of each.
- If the hardware needed for your window is becoming hard to find, you may want to consider new windows. If you try and contact the manufacturer for parts and they are not able to get them for you, you will have a difficult time fixing your windows when necessary.
2. Have your old windows become a pain?
- Can they be opened easily?
- Is there condensation on your windows that makes it difficult to see out?
- Are they difficult to clean, so you put it off as long as possible? New windows offer windows that can easily be cleaned.
3. Do your windows keep your home comfortable?
Old windows can begin to let in drafts of cold air during the cold months, as well as letting in warm air during the hot months. Condensation can also build up on old windows making it difficult to see out.
What is the best Option for Replacing my Windows?
If you have decided to replace your windows, there are a couple of options to choose from.
First option: You could leave in your old trim and just put in a window insert. If your trim is in good shape, this option is a typically cheaper and will not take as much time to complete.
Second option: Take out the entire window, including the frame and put in an entirely new window. This will ensure that you have a tight seal, but it will cost more and will take a great deal more time to complete.
Is it Best to Replace all Windows at Once?
This depends a great deal on your budget. If you replace your windows, it is unlikely that you will be able to find new windows that look like your old ones. So replacing only a window or two at a time may affect the appearance of your home, but if your budget does not allow for all of the windows to be replaced, then this may be what you need to do.
How to Know You are Getting a Good Quality Window
There are a few things to look for in terms of a good quality window.
- How will the window look with your home. Does the style you have chosen work well with your home.
- How easily can the windows be opened and closed? It there a tight seal? Can it be locked easily?
- Will you be able to purchase replacement parts if any parts begin to wear out?
- How easily can the window be cleaned?
- What type of warranty comes with the window?
Once you have considered all of these things, you will know whether or not to replace your windows and how to find a good quality window.