Replace or Repair: What to Do with Your Old Window

Replace or Repair What to Do with Your Old Window

Not all old windows need to be replaced. When there is damage, sometimes it’s better to repair it versus replace it, so you can preserve the look of your window. However, some old windows are better off being replaced than repaired, especially if damage is already prevalent.

So, what can you do to your old windows?

Repairing or replacing an old window has its own benefits and drawbacks. They may oftentimes include your added effort, your constant maintenance, and your overall cost. It is important that you evaluate the best way to do with your window before you jump on the decision of either repairing your old window or replacing it with something new.

  • The cost of repairing your old window may be minimal compared to replacing it with a new one. Repairs often only require a few needed materials, whereas replacement will require you to buy a new set of windows, which can be very costly.
  • When it comes to maintenance, repairing an old window may be difficult if the materials of your window are already deteriorating. It requires constantly cleaning the windows, applying sealant for wooden frames, and so on. New windows may only require you to regularly clean the glass pane and the frame.
  • The intricate designs and styles of your old windows are well preserved if you choose to repair them instead of replacing them with new ones. If you choose to replicate the old designs, it will likely be very expensive.
  • Replacing your old windows with new ones will allow you to enjoy the added features of new windows these days. For instance, added insulation is integrated in every new window, thus enabling you to cut down cost of energy. Good weather stripping is also included.
  • Sometimes, there can be more damage caused by replacing your old window than repairing it. In addition, damage on the wallboards may emerge once you remove the old window, which can be very expensive to repair.

When you decide to repair or replace your old window, seek a recommendation from a specialist to ensure that what you decide upon actually gives you more benefits. Always weigh the pros and cons of each option to help you decide.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors


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