To repair or replace. That is the question many homeowners in the Mid-Atlantic region face. It sounds like an easy choice to make, but when you think about it, it is one of the more consequential decisions for homeowners in our region.
With frigid winters and hot summers, home efficiency has a significant impact on our heating and cooling bills. For homes throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, old and inefficient windows are one of the major sources of energy loss. Naturally, it leads to the question, “Should you repair or replace those old windows?”
At Cosello Construction, we help restore energy-efficiency in homes throughout South Jersey and Pennsylvania. Below, we’ll explain the factors that should impact your decision of whether to repair or replace your old windows, so you can begin to decide the smartest course of action for you and your home.
Identifying the Problem
If you’re reading this, chances are you already suspect there’s an issue with your windows. But, to make sure, these are some of the telltale signs that your windows are causing heating and cooling inefficiencies:
- Higher energy bills
- Visible damage, holes
- Feeling drafts
- Condensation build-up on panes
If your windows are causing your energy loss, there could be a few reasons why:
- Broken frames
- Separated seals
- Inefficient design
- Improper installation
Deciding to Repair or Replace
Now that you know the windows are the problem, it’s time to assess the damage and the options available to you. For new homes with energy-efficient windows, repair might be the best option. Chances are there is an installation flaw causing air to escape. If this is happening with multiple sets of windows, however, it could be an inefficient window design, in which case replacement may be necessary.
For most homeowners in our area, window repair is a waste of money—plain and simple. That’s because older windows are inefficient and will only develop more problems over time. Scheduling window repairs only delays the inevitable replacement, leaving you to pay unnecessarily high energy bills in the meantime.
Getting an Expert Opinion
When it comes to your windows, you want to make the smartest long-term decision. If you try to get the cheapest solution to the problem, you’re going to pay for it month after month when the heating and cooling bills arrive. At Cosello Construction, we want to help you make the smartest decision for your home, your family, and your wallet. If you’re not sure if repairing or replacing is right for you, give us a call. We’ll come, take a look, and give you a free service estimate, so you can make an informed decision.