Should You Repair or Replace Your Windows?

Written on: March 26th, 2015 BY IN Windows

With winter almost behind us (fingers crossed!), it’s time to start thinking about the exterior of your home, such as the front door, windows, roofing, etc. While a shutter with peeling paint may look bad, that’s about the extent of its harm. On the other hand, if you have window problems, your home’s energy efficiency and comfort could actually be compromised.

Do you need new windows? Do you just need repairs? How do you know when to actually get new windows? In general, it’s best to talk to professionals. They’ll be able to assess your windows (and any damage) and determine whether a repair will suffice or if a full replacement is necessary. However, it can help to know some basic information before picking up the phone!

Problems that Merit Repair or Replacement

So, how can you tell whether you need window repair or replacement? Look out for the following signs:

  • Window that doesn’t fully open or properly close
  • Broken or cracked glass pane
  • Broken locks, latches or handles
  • Mold or moisture on the window sill and/or between the sash and the frame
  • Excess condensation on the pane
  • Cracked or rotting exterior trim
  • Warm or cold spots near the window, inside the house
  • More frequent—or increasingly expensive repairs

When to Replace

Make sure to discuss the following with professionals:

Is your home old? If your home is decades old and still has its original windows, you may want to consider replacing. Windows manufactured today are much more energy-efficient than ones made even five years ago!

Are you remodeling? Some renovation projects require new windows. For instance, if you’re modernizing your traditional Colonial home, you may want windows to match. Windows that complement older, period style architecture don’t often complement the contemporary style.

Are your windows damaged too extensively? If repair is going to cost too much and it’s more cost-effective to replace, consider doing so. Also, certain types of damage may require replacement. For example, if there’s condensation between layers of insulated glass, you may need to replace the sash or the window—or if the frame is completely rotted, you’ll probably need replacement.

Replacement Window Services in the Indianapolis Area

Keep these tips in mind, but don’t hesitate to call a professional company! We are happy to help. If you live in central Indiana and need to replace your home’s old, drafty windows, look no further than Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie. We install high-quality vinyl windows throughout central Indiana.

Contact us today to learn more about our services or if you’re ready to replace your windows!