Determining Window Replacement Vs. Repair Needs, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on whether to replace or repair windows based on some of the damage or wear-and-tear that may have occurred in the area over time. Damage or wear are often the first reasons homeowners consider replacing or repairing their windows, but there are also several other upgrade areas they might be considering that would warrant such a move as well.

At Peach Building Products, we’re proud to offer a huge range of window replacement products and services for those looking to go this route – but we also recognize there are some situations where window repair is the more cost-effective route, and we’ll never try to upsell you on products you don’t need. In today’s part two of our series, let’s go over some of the upgrades you may be looking to make in a window-related area, plus whether repair or replacement is the right call for such an upgrade.

window replacement vs. repair

Energy Efficiency Upgrade

There are several specific repair areas that may be valuable for making older windows more energy efficient:

  • Remove any old caulk in the area and use a caulking gun to replace it.
  • Also caulk outside between window molding and the home to reduce air loss.
  • Ensure weather stripping is applied only to clean, dry surfaces when temperature is above freezing.
  • Consider storm and screen windows to add insulation.

Now, there will be many situations where multiple such repairs need to be made – and even those where these needs are so significant that simply replacing the window makes more sense. A brand new window, featuring double- or triple-pane glass and fantastic sealing techniques, will provide the best possible energy efficiency.

Lead-Based Paint

Lead-based paint is a potentially harmful substance to humans, and it was banned after 1978. However, some particularly old homes may still have lead-based paint, including in window areas.

This is particularly risky for single-pane windows, where opening and closing of sashes creates friction that may release harmful lead dust into the air. These windows should be replaced as soon as possible, with great care taken to avoid lead dust spreading during the process.

Historic Original Windows

There are many cases where replacing historic windows will raise the value of your home, especially if such windows are damaged or not working properly. However, if such windows are in reasonable condition and are of historic significance, you could actually be lowering home value by replacing them. Talk to our pros here before you pull the trigger just to be sure.

Windows Painted Shut

Finally, what should you do about windows that are previously painted shut? Some prefer to keep them this way depending on their climate, though others will use a sash saw to cut through the paint and allow for sashes to open. There usually isn’t much need for a window replacement here unless you want to change up the style, or unless paint is so significant that the window cannot be opened.

For more on choosing between window repair and replacement, or to learn about any of our windows, entry doors or other services, speak to the staff at Peach Building Products today.