When to Repair and When to Replace Your Windows

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Wondering when to replace your windows? Changing your home windows is a big decision and requires some budget planning and research on design styles. New windows or replacement windows are a superb investment, especially if the windows in your home right now are drafty, old, and inefficient. Replacing your windows with energy efficient double pane windows will drastically reduce your utility and energy costs and will add instant value to your house. Not sure if you need all new windows or just need to repair some? Here are some helpful tips.

Tip #1: Inspect your windows closely.
Is there decay, rot, broken pieces, jammed sashes, or evidence that water has penetrated the frame? If you see these things, the windows will need to removed and fixed quickly before additional rot sets in. If there is condensation between the layers of glass, you’ll need to replace the sash or the window, so it doesn’t continue.

Tip #2: If you’re windows are old and inefficient, consider replacing them.
If your home was built before 1960 and your windows have not been replaced since then, they are likely drafty and inefficient. However, be aware that your windows may have been painted with lead-based paint, which was especially common in homes built before 1960 (it was banned in the late 1970s). Single-pane windows are a concern because of the friction caused when opening and closing the sashes, which can release lead dust and cause lead poisoning. Replacing these windows can eliminate your risk of lead exposure, but when they are being replaced, it should be done by a contractor that has been trained in lead-safe work practices. Our team at Lifetime has been certified to handle these types of window replacement projects.

Tip #3: If you have a cracked pane, you may not need a complete window replacement.
Many times, cracked panes can be replaced without replacing the entire window. If the cracked area is a safety hazard or is distracting visually, figure out if you can just replace the broken portion only rather than investing in a whole new window. We’re happy to help you determine if a full replacement is needed or if a simple repair will do.

Windows add so much natural beauty to your home and are well worth the investment. We’re happy to provide you with some options for new windows to meet your style needs and your budget guidelines! We are proud to serve Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas, as well as Central Oregon and Bend! Our professional team can help you get your home ready for to face the rest of the winter months. Contact us today if you need expert advice on window and door repair, replacement, as well as weatherization tips. Don’t wait any longer – start reaping the rewards now!