Should I Get Window Repair or Replacement Windows?
Window Replacement Service in the New York City Metro Area
Are you wondering whether to repair or replace your windows? At Home Supply Window & Door, we understand that this can be a difficult decision. With over 20 years of experience serving homeowners and contractors in the New York City metro area, our team of experts is equipped to provide you with the guidance and expertise you need to make the best decision for your window replacement needs.
Common Window Problems
Over time, the windows in your home can become worn out and begin to deteriorate, leading to issues such as reduced energy efficiency and difficult operation. It can be challenging to determine if the damage is repairable or if the windows need to be replaced. Below are some common window problems and tips for resolving them effectively:
- Minor Aesthetic Defects – It is common for wood, fiberglass, and aluminum windows to develop chips, dents, and scratches on their exterior surface over time due to exposure to the elements. While some defects can be fixed with simple repairs like sanding, filling, and painting, more severe damage may require more extensive measures.
- Stubborn or Broken Hardware – If your windows are relatively new, finding the necessary replacement parts to fix any issues is possible. Contacting the manufacturer or dealer for assistance is the first step. However, if the windows are too old, finding replacement parts may be difficult, and the cost of repairs may become prohibitive, making replacement windows a more viable option.
- Sticky Operation – It is important to perform regular maintenance on the tracks of your windows, as dirt and debris can accumulate over time. You can use a vacuum, plastic putty knife, and a soft-bristle brush to clean the tracks, and then apply a silicone spray using a soft cloth to lubricate them. If this doesn’t fix the problem, there may be a bigger issue, such as a warped frame, that needs to be addressed.
- Warped Window Frames – Changes in temperature cause window materials to expand and contract at different rates, resulting in warped frames. If the warping is severe, restoring full window function may only be possible by installing replacement windows.
- Broken Glass – In most window styles, you can typically replace a broken insert or pane. It is usually more cost-effective than installing a new window if your windows are relatively new. However, if your windows are more than 20 years old, it may be more beneficial to replace them entirely.
- Condensation Between the Panes – A “blown window” is a common term used to describe a window with a seal failure in the insulated glazing unit (IGU), which results in the escape of the inert gas and its replacement with moist air. This can lead to a decrease in the efficiency of the windows. While it is possible to defog them, the best way to restore efficiency is by replacing the insert or getting new windows altogether.
- Moisture Leaks and Water Damage – Water damage usually begins with small signs such as mold and discoloration around the window casing. In case of minor damage, it can be resolved by cleaning the affected area with detergent, sanding it down, and applying epoxy or filler.
Contact Home Supply Window & Door
Home Supply Window & Door is committed to providing you with the information, expertise, and guidance you need to make the best decision for your needs. Our wide selection of top-quality window products and our team of experienced professionals are here to help you get the most out of your investment. If you’re looking to upgrade your home with the latest energy-efficient windows, we’ve got you covered. Contact us to schedule a consultation and learn more about our home window replacement services in the New York City metro area.