Repair or Replace Your Old Windows?

One of the leading questions we get from customers at Quality Windows & Doors is, “How do I know if I need to repair or replace my windows?” It is true, new windows can be so tempting. However, they are also expensive. To be sure you need to replace your windows, rather than repair them, here are some things to think about.

Old Windows Can be a Hassle

Older windows often require more maintenance and more work. Think about the following:

  1. Ease of operation. Do your windows lift or swing open easily? Or does it take all your upper body strength to open the sash? You should not tire yourself out every time you want to open your window. Ventilation is important and so is ease of operation.
  2. The paint. Because wood and aluminum windows can scratch, they take regular re-finishing, which can be a chore.
  3. Leaks and condensation. When the seals on your window fail, not only does it cloud your view, but also means heat is transferring both in and out of your home. Energy losses are one of the main reasons people decide to get new windows.

Old Windows Make Things Uncomfortable

Next, think about how it feels in your home during excessively warm or cold weather. Single-pane windows are especially terrible for heat transfer. They often leave rooms feeling too hot or too cold. Modern, double-pane glass does a much better job at keeping your home comfortable. Special coatings, glazing, and inert gases between panes make them more energy efficient than ever.

The Major Problems You Can’t Fix

There are plenty of minor problems you can fix. Like weather-stripping or paint chips. Even replacement hardware is a pretty simple repair. However, there are also several major problems that will take time, effort, and cost more to repair. Some of these include rot, sagging, and outdated hardware. Fogging between the glass panes can only be fixed by replacing the entire sash.

Resale Value

Last, but not least, outdated windows can be a deterrent for many prospective homebuyers. The windows are often the focal point of every room, and old windows will stick out like sore thumbs when you are trying to sell. Fortunately, new windows provide an excellent return on your investment.

So ask yourself these questions:

  • Are my windows a hassle to operate?
  • Do they look shabby and worn out?
  • Are they making my house uncomfortable to live in?
  • Can the problems be fixed and are they worth repairing?
  • Will they impact the resale value of my home?

If the answer is yes, you might want to look at getting new windows instead of repairing the old ones.

New windows in Westlake Village, CA offer several benefits. They operate with ease, are lower maintenance, cut down on drafts, and provide energy savings. However, we understand they are an investment. If your windows are in good shape and working order, it might not be the right time to replace them. At Quality Windows we will help you evaluate your options for old windows. You do not have to replace everything at once. If you have one particularly troublesome window, you can start with that.

Still have questions or concerns about getting new windows? Do not hesitate to give our office a call. You can reach us at (310) 456-3979 or visit our showroom at 1430 S Oxnard Blvd. Oxnard, California 93030.

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