You’re sitting in the living room one day and a thought pops in your mind: I’m going to open the windows and get a nice summer breeze! Ahh, the thought of that refreshing summertime air cooling you off, filling your senses with a clean, crisp aroma. OK, perhaps oversold, but you get the point. You want to open your windows.
You proceed to the nearest window, likely a Double Hung, and lift the bottom sash upwards. And what happens? The sash falls right back down. Hey, what gives?
The likely culprit is a failed balance mechanism. More about those here.
Your next thought is: Can I get this fixed?
The answer is, yes you can, but it might be tough. Many older windows have expired warranties. Some balance mechanisms, especially in older wood windows, are practically impossible to repair or replace.
This is just one small example. But the point is that the repair of replacement windows can sometimes be a challenge.
Some other reasons you may need window repair include dried or cracking sealant, fogged glass, broken locks or handles, and ripped screens.
So the answer to the question, should I repair replacement windows, is absolutely yes. But (you knew there was a but), you have to find the right company to repair it.
This might sound obvious, but there aren’t a lot of companies prepared or willing to repair a window. Oftentimes, it’s easier, and even cheaper, to replace the window. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t explore the possibility of a repair, especially if it’s a minor issue like ripped screens.
My advice: Call a replacement window retailer (like us), and ask them if they will inspect your windows and discuss your repair or replacement options.
Most companies will be glad to assist but do realize that they want to sell you new windows. So choose a company that gives you all the options, repair and replace, with a smile and no pressure.
And finally, with the massive buying power of companies like Window Depot USA, prices for extremely energy-efficient windows are really, really affordable. So when choosing to repair or replace, always analyze the return on investment you’ll receive. Typically, if the cost of the repair is more than 30% the cost of new replacement windows, we’ll suggest a replacement.