To Fix or Replace: How to Deal With Damaged Windows in Your Home
If you notice a decrease in the efficiency of your windows, it may be time to consider a window replacement. However, there are some instances when you can get by with just exchanging a few windows. Here are some ways to increase window efficiency without having to exchange all of your windows:
Check to See How Many Windows are Inefficient
The first thing you can do to increase your window efficiency is to take an inventory of how many of your windows are damaged or in disrepair. To check, you can go around your house to check for drafts. If you can feel a noticeable breeze coming from around the windows, it is time to either fix those drafts or replace the window altogether.
Check for Any Significant Damage
Next, you need to check the drafty windows for damage. Some drafty windows can be easily and inexpensively repaired with a few items from the hardware store. However, if you see any signs of leaking or rotten wood around the window frame, or if the glass is broken in any way, it may be time to replace the entire window. Many people will do a quick repair, but they ultimately end up replacing the window when the repair begins to fail.
Make Repairs to Damaged Windows
If the damage to the windows is minimal, you may be able to make those repairs on yourself. You will need some caulk and weather stripping from the hardware store. Fill in any damaged areas with the window caulk and allow it to dry completely. Apply weather striping to any of the movable joints of the window that seem to be leaking air or water. Be sure to choose weatherstripping that is the correct length and width for your windows, as it often is available in various sizes.
Consider Adding Storm Windows
If your windows are a little drafty but you don’t want to do a complete replacement, consider adding some storm windows over your existing ones. These will help keep the drafts away, which in turn will boost your old window’s efficiency. If your windows are not in the best shape, be sure to fix any repairable areas before installing storm windows. Next choose either coated or non-coated windows. The coated windows are helpful especially during the warmer months, as they can significantly decrease the amount of heat in your home.
Windows are a major investment in any home, and it is important that they remain in good shape. If you think your windows are past the point of repair, you will ultimately save money on energy costs by replacing your windows. Plus, you will increase your home’s value in the process.