Deciding whether or not to repair or replace your windows is an important decision to make. Most of the time, the decision isn’t as simple as figuring out if your window is completely destroyed. Often, we have to rely on a number of individualized reasons and priorities that we have. However, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to help you make your decision that will most benefit you or your business.
How old are your windows?
While this seems like a simple question to ask yourself they can have farther reaching implications. For example, were your windows made with lead paint (banned in 1978)? If so, and they are single-pane, you might find yourself in a position where you have to warrant repairing a window that could be releasing toxic paint flakes into your home or business. Naturally, that is not a good option. However, if your windows are much newer and sophisticated your best bet might be to find inserts or additional applications of sealant to make your window more effective at a cheaper price. If you have a historic home the implications are even more complicated. However, if maintaining a certain aesthetic is important consulting with a window contractor would be ideal.
Are there structural issues with your windows?
Sometimes the decision simply comes down to what the actual problem appears to be. For example, if you simply have a crack in your glass there may be a case to be made for keeping your window and simply repairing it. However, if there are structural issues with the window itself you are probably better off simply replacing the window. There is no reason to keep something in your home if its integrity has been compromised.
The best thing to do in any instance is to contact a professional and discuss your concerns with them. After all, they may be trying to sell services but the question is not whether or not you need something done but what is in your best interests between two very distinctive services. However, asking yourself key questions such as the ones above will help you formulate some of your own ideas and better guide your judgment as to your shopping for a good window repairman. Otherwise, you may find yourself not thinking clearly enough about what it is that you need in between all the product names and services available.