When Should You Repair Or Replace Your Old Windows?

Typically, most homeowners only think about window glass repair or frame replacement when something goes desperately wrong.

If a window has mould on it, for example, or struggles to get rid of condensation easily, then homeowners will look towards ways to fix the problem or replace the troublesome glass pane.

However, there are some telltale signs that there is a significant issue with your windows that may need some serious attention.


Heavy Storms

In some cases, this is an obvious situation, as gale-force winds and extreme weather can cause very obvious damage, cracks and shattered panes that need to be replaced, but the real concern is a lot of the stress and damage you do not immediately see.

The stress of a storm can cause cracks and tension along the frames, which can grow and become more substantial over time, or expose your window to potential water damage and decay.


Cold Draughts And Expensive Energy Bills

One of the most frustrating signs of a serious problem bubbling under the surface is when your energy prices increase considerably beyond the usual seasonal rises.

Weakened seals, slightly broken frames or thinner glass than is currently standard can all combine to gradually increase gas and electricity bills, depending on what central heating system you use.

At this point, it is time to either contact an expert or figure out whether the long term energy savings are worth the upfront cost of replacing the window frame.


Sticking Windows

Windows should open and close easily, effectively and without any problems whatsoever. If you start to notice the mechanism sticking, squeaking or needing to be lifted slightly to function effectively, this is a warning sign that the frame itself has an issue.

In some cases, it may only need a minor adjustment, but it can also be a sign of something more severe, such as corroded parts in the mechanism.