If the aging windows in your home aren’t what they used to be, it’s time to weigh your options: will you repair or replace your windows? Learn more about these two options to help you make the best and most economical decision.
Repairing Your Windows
If you can repair your old windows, you’ll save on window replacement costs. Assuming they’re still in pretty good condition, window repair could be a great option.
Common window problems and repairs
- Jammed sashes: If the window is difficult to open and close, one easy fix is to rub the bottom of a white candle along the bottom and sides of the channel for better lubrication.
- Sashes painted shut: Cut through the paint with a sash saw. Just one pass ought to do the trick.
- Broken or missing parts: Missing hardware or broken window parts may not seem repairable, but try contacting the manufacturer for replacement parts. If you can’t decipher how to install them, contact a window installer for help.
- Interior water damage and mold: If water penetrates around the window frame every time it rains, don’t ignore this problem. A professional can remove and repair the window before any real damage is done. Otherwise, mold can start to grow and wreak havoc on your home’s structural integrity and indoor air quality.
- Window rot: Small areas of rotted wood window frames can be patched up with putty and repainted to match. Large areas of rot may signify the need to replace your windows.
- Condensation between the panes: Double-pane windows are sealed to improve insulation and keep moisture out. If the seal breaks over time, the windows may fog up. For this problem, there’s no option but to replace the window (or just the sash, if the frame is in good condition).
Replacing Your Windows
With some windows, such as condensation between the panes, the problem lies with the glass, not the frame. In these instances, you have the less expensive option of keeping the original opening and just replacing the sash. If the original frame is rotted, warped or damaged in another way, a new construction window with the frame included should be installed.
Advantages of new window installation
While the options to repair your old windows may sound appealing, the time will eventually come to invest in the best quality replacement windows. You may feel disappointed that your trusty windows finally let you down, but once the replacement is complete, you stand to benefit in several ways:
- Increase home security: Advanced locking mechanisms and impact glass available with new windows make your home more secure and provide peace of mind.
- Better efficiency: New windows have advanced energy efficiency features to make your home more comfortable and lower your heating and cooling bills. These savings can help your investment pay for itself over the lifetime of your windows.
- Enhanced soundproofing: If you’re replacing old single-pane windows, the increased soundproofing of double-pane windows will immediately become apparent the next time an airplane flies overhead or an ambulance drives by.
- Improve curb appeal and home value: New windows are much more attractive than old ones with chipping paint and cracked glass. Many styles are available to complement both traditional and modern homes, helping your property stand out if you ever decide to sell.
- At 5280 Exteriors, we offer window replacement services to meet your needs. Choose from vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum and wood to meet your aesthetic preferences and price point needs. A variety of colors and operation styles give you a wide selection to choose from.
Choosing the Right Replacement Windows
- Before you start thinking about the best quality window materials or brands, you need to decide what operation style suits your needs best. Making a careful selection ensures you’ll be satisfied with your choice for many years to come. Here are four of the most popular options:
- Casement: These windows pivot outward with hinges on the side. They’re easy to operate by turning a crank, making them ideal for over the kitchen sink.
- Awning: These windows also pivot outward, with hinges located on the top. These are often installed near the ceiling in bathrooms and walk-in closets for ventilation without creating privacy issues.
- Double-hung: Sashes that slide up and down are popular for many styles of homes.
- Sliding: Horizontal sliding windows offer more panoramic views of the exterior.
Quantum 2 Windows Could be the Answer
- Quantum 2 is a series of vinyl windows available from Kensington HPP. They come in a number of operating styles to fit your needs. The Quantum 2 series are among the best home windows available today. They could be right for you if you want to enjoy all the benefits of installing new windows plus these additional perks:
- Extra insulation: Quantum 2 vinyl sashes and frames are filled with foam to increase insulation and keep the cold out.
- UV protection: Glass coatings on Quantum 2 windows provide 99.5 percent UV protection to keep your home cooler in the summer and reduce fading of furniture, curtains and carpet.
- Low-maintenance surfaces: Vinyl is one of the lowest-maintenance window materials you can find today. It requires virtually no care, except an occasional wipe down to remove dirt and dust.
- Low air and water infiltration rates: Dual weather stripping, reinforced interlock, and fusion-welded frames and sashes prevent air and water from getting inside your home through the windows.
Also explore: 3 Questions to Ask Before Installing Quantum 2 Windows
Are you considering replacing the windows in your Colorado home? Before you attempt a DIY Quantum 2 window installation, ask yourself the right questions to determine your ability. Need a pro after all? Come explore our home window replacement services and contact us for a free quote today!