SHREVEPORT, La. – As a homeowner, there will likely be a time when you need to ask yourself the question: should I fix this window or is it time to have it replaced? Both have their advantages, but there are a couple of key things to look for that may require replacement rather than optional. According to Jason Rummel of Window Source in Indianapolis, water damage is one of the biggest factors to look for.
“Sometimes windows rot from the inside and you don’t even know if they are clad in aluminum on the outside. So look for rot inside and out in your house,” said Rummel.
Talk to an expert to find out which options are right for your home and your particular windows.
“Before investing in new windows, you should first consider whether your windows can be repaired,” said Angie Hicks, Angie List founder. “Existing windows can be weatherproof, sealed, and even glazed. If the wooden frame around your window is damaged, you will likely need to consider replacing it.”
One of the greatest advantages of repairing your windows is that they can be inexpensive. However, it’s also important to consider swapping. Repairing a window that really should be replaced may not save you a lot of money in the long run.
“The main benefit of a repair is the cost: they are usually cheaper, but you also have to weigh how much they cost compared to new windows because sometimes there isn’t that much of a difference,” said Rummel.
Repairs are not only cheaper than you might think, but are also viewed by our experts as a short-term solution. And it’s important to note that every update still doesn’t address the biggest potential improvement: energy efficiency.
“One of the biggest benefits of replacing your windows is energy efficiency,” said Hicks. “According to the Ministry of Energy, inefficient windows can increase your cooling and heating costs by 25 percent.”
Before you decide to replace your windows, check to see if there are any restrictions that may require repairs instead.
“If your home is protected by a Historic Preservation Area, make sure you understand the guidelines before replacing your windows as there may be rules as to whether you can replace and, if so, what type of windows to use.” said Hicks.
Our experts agree: research first or be prepared for the worst.
“Don’t go and do it without that permit because they’ll rip them out or make you pull them out if it’s not what they meet, so you definitely want to get a permit,” Rummel said.
If replacing your windows is the right choice for you, now is a good time to get creative and consider different options.
“This could be a great opportunity to change the design and get something you’ve always wanted,” said Rummel. “It’s a lot of fun thinking about all the things that you can do because a lot of people don’t think that about it. They think, sigh, I have to make windows. Well, my goal is to change that in the end, to get people excited about it. “