Window replacement can get expensive, not to mention all of that work choosing the right windows. Sometimes old windows can be repaired instead of being replaced. It all depends on the extent and type of damage that’s occurred. In some cases, a simple repair is all you need, saving you a significant amount of money in the process.
Whether it’s a cracked or peeling wood sash or your aluminum windows just aren’t functioning correctly, there are some easy fixes available to prevent you from installing something new.
1. Wooden Window Repairs
All wood windows are designed to last for decades if not longer with the proper care and maintenance. Even when the window is showing signs of major wear and tear, homeowners are mistaken as to how bad the damage really is and, more often than not, it’s nothing more than some superficial imperfections.
These can be easily repaired without the need for the window to be entirely rebuilt or removed and replaced. Areas of rot are a big problem but homeowners typically think the wood and the window are ruined. Not so. Simply dig the rot out and fill the hole with epoxy putty. Sand it down and repaint and you’re all set.
You may also find gaps are opening up in your sash due to years of wear and tear. All you need to do is head over to your local hardware store and install some weather-stripping to seal the gaps. There are many different kinds of stripping, but the type you need is dependent upon the width of the gap and the condition of the sash.
2. Alternative Material Repairs
Although not intended to last as long as wood, alternative materials like vinyl, aluminum, and fiberglass can last a long time if you give them the proper care. Small tears, holes and rips can be easily corrected with silicone sealant. This is a cost-effective alternative to replacing the window. Caulk is also a smart solution for taking filling cracks and holes so that water doesn’t seep in and do more damage to the internal sections of the window.
Sashes that have come loose will likely require some tightening of their screws in order to keep them held firmly in place once again. You might also add a compound that will lock the screws into place and keep them from becoming loose again.
3. Glass Problems
For wood windows, glazed glass is held in place with points and putty, so always check to see if the putty is still firm and stable or needs replacing. Single-pane glass that is cracked can be replaced by pulling the vinyl stop away with a knife or the rubber gasket in aluminum windows. Re-install the new glass and use just a small portion of silicone to seal the glass on vinyl and reapply the gasket on aluminum windows.
4. Energy Efficiency
Check your windows for air leakage and if you find some evidence of gaps, your energy bills could go through the roof. Buying some sealant and applying it to the compromised areas can make those windows energy efficient once again.
5. Replace, Not Repair
Sometimes your windows are just beyond repair. No matter what you’ve tried or how many times you’ve tried it, the window just needs to be replaced. If that’s the case, take a look at the wide variety of Renewal by Andersen windows that are available and discuss the installation with your local dealer.