If you have a broken or leaking window, don’t fret. You’re in the middle of the best time of year for household window replacements – the weather isn’t treacherous, or at least, not as much as it is during the winter. If you have a spare afternoon, or even an hour or two in the evening, you should be able to replace a window.
If you don’t have the time, or you just want to be sure it’s done right, you can count on us. In this post, we’ll talk about some of the things we do when we replace windows. From there, you should be able to gauge if it’s a project you want to take on, or if you want to leave it to the professionals.
One of the best ways to know if you need to replace a window, aside from the obvious glass failure, is to check window seals. These can be sources of electrical waste – if you’re using energy to heat or cool your home, leaking windows can render your efforts useless. Every home has the occasional draft, but a broken seal should make for noticeable air movement.
It’s possible to repair leaking seals without actually replacing the entire window. However, you should understand that if air is able to pass through it, during the rainy season, water likely will be, too. The summer is a great time to nip these problems in the bud.
Even if it seems like a minor issue right now, eroded seals can become serious problems during the winter. Moisture can degrade the wood settings of the window, making it that much more complicated to fix.
The kids are out playing in the yard. A flurry of laughter is followed by a crash, then silence. When a ball inevitably sails through a window, many react negatively. Replacing windows can be a hassle, but if you look at it as an opportunity, you may be better off.
Consider this – new windows are more efficient. If you’ve lost an old single-pane window, take the opportunity to upgrade. It could be what motivates you to replace the windows throughout your home. Double and triple paned windows have remarkable impacts on energy use – even if it costs you a bit to replace your old windows, they will save you money in the long run.
Insulated Glass and Fog/Condensation
A primary reason for replacing residential windows is simply that they’ve lost their immunity to moisture. This doesn’t mean the windows are leaking into the home. Instead, the moisture barrier between the external and internal panes has been compromised. This leads to fogging and moisture buildup.
While it may not be doing any direct damage, it can be unsightly, making your home look unfinished. If you notice that your windows seem to sweat, that they become foggy when it’s cold, or that there is grime and buildup on the inside of the window – a place that’s almost impossible to clean – your best option may be replacement.
If you have a glass project in progress, or you simply want some advice about what to do when you need to replace a window, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have more than fifty years of experience with residential glass work – trust us to get the job done right.