How to Tell if Windows Should be Repaired or Replaced

Not long ago, if a window was broken, then the sensible option was to repair it. Then quite recently the low prices of a new replacement in uPVC, metal or wood windows meant homeowners didn’t really give a thought to repairing something when they could upgrade the efficiency and style of their windows for a similar price to repairing an old window.

Nowadays, many people want to better balance their budgets and their impact on the environment, so the cost of replacement isn’t the only consideration, as reusing old parts and saving them from going to landfill is a valuable option. Here are some common window problems, and suggestions for how to move forward.

Water leaks

If water is coming through your window, it may be that guttering close by or poorly draining pipes is causing a deluge to force some water through your windows. In this case, repairing the gutters and drainpipes may solve the problem with water leaking through your windows.

If your window is leaking because the joins between glass and frame have failed though, shopping for new windows will be the best solution. You can always look for a supplier such as Firmfix which is expert in double glazing Gloucester and can ensure that as much material as possible from your old windows is recycled.

Steam and condensation

If there is condensation on the inside of your double glazed window panes, causing them to look foggy, then you’ll need to replace them as most modern windows have the glass sealed into the frame in a way that makes it impossible for a DIYer or competent window technician to remove them. You’ll need to search for some new double glazing Gloucester.

Investing in new windows can save you money in the long run. The Energy Savings Trust calculates that a typical semi-detached house could save £70-75 a year on their heating bills by installing energy efficient windows.

Broken glass

Safety is an important factor with windows, so if you have a cracked pane in a single pane window, you could probably replace the pane yourself, but with multi-paned glass windows, you would need to replace the whole sash so it may be worth investing in an entirely new window.