Having trouble with your old windows? If the windows in your home are not functioning properly or look worse for wear, it can be difficult knowing whether you need repairs or full replacement.
Replacing windows in your home is the more expensive option, but sometimes it’s the only way to fix the problem, while some damaged windows can be quickly and affordably repaired by certified professionals. To help you out, we’ve listed the most common window problems that can be fixed with repairs or replacement.
If you find water around your windows when it’s raining, especially during a storm, you probably have leaky windows. The water will often come into your house around your windows, not actually through the glass. This usually means your home’s window seals and window casings are no longer functioning properly. If this is the case, replacing your windows is the only option.
Foggy windows are not only bad for visibility and your curb appeal, they’re a sign that it’s probably time replace them. Water condensing inside your window’s double pane or triple-pane glass will cause it to fog up. If you have an older window that uses multiple panes, the problem can be repaired by replacing the glass. Modern windows often have a permanent insulated glass unit (IGU) built into them, instead of separate panes of glass, making it impossible to repair the problem. In this case, the windows can only fixed by replacing them.
CRACKED OR BROKEN GLASS
A single-pane window that’s cracked or broken is usually inexpensive to repair. A professional can quickly and safely do the job without the inconvenience and expense of replacing the window. If it’s a multi-pane window, it’s more difficult to fix and may require window replacement.
BROKEN MUNTINS OR MULLIONS
Muntins and mullions are the pieces of wood that separate the panes of glass in your windows. Some home windows use faux muntins and mullions, set between two panes of glass, for aesthetic purposes only. In this case, they can’t be replaced. If your windows have real muntions and mullions that are rotting or splitting, they can be rebuilt by a window professional.
A window sash holds the glass and framework around the glass in place. A common problem with older home windows is when the sashes don’t move, making it difficult, and sometimes impossible, to raise and lower the window. This could be due to multiple layers of paint holding the sash and framework together, or the sash could be distorted or off track, which can cause your windows to leak. Broken cords on sash weights, or broken or loose springs, can also make it difficult to raise and lower your windows. Fortunately, these types of sash problems can be repaired and don’t require window replacement.
Repairing or replacing windows in your home can seem daunting. With discount Pella replacement windows and same-day repairs and installation, Dream Doors and Windows makes it affordable and painless. Call us today for a free, no-obligation estimate.