If windows are next on your home improvement list, you’re probably wondering if it’s better to repair or replace them. Some of the most common signs that warrant window replacements include the following:
If you decide to replace your windows, there are four factors to consider when choosing energy-efficient models: frame, glass, design, and of course, installation.
Even the most expensive window unit won’t perform effectively if it’s not installed correctly. Be wary of contractors who rely too heavily on expanding foams or sealants to get a window to fit well. These materials aren’t waterproof and can lead to issues down the road. “Pre-installation waterproofing, often completed long before windows are installed, is the best option,” says Jim DeLaPlaine, Director of Operations for Building Engineering-Consultants of The Woodlands, Texas. Proper flashing and caulking may be the cheapest parts of window installation, but if they’re not done with precision, the ensuing water leaks will cause a barrage of problems for both the builder and the buyer.
Some window designs are inherently more efficient than others. The most common types are:
When it comes to the question of repair or replacement, the answer is often situational. When in doubt, have a licensed contractor come take a look at your window system to help you decide which is best for your home. If your window systems are installed correctly, they should last you for years to come. At Remodel Rx, our experts are adept at installing your windows with absolute precision. Contact us today to learn more about our window services and get started on your next home improvement project.