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Repair or Replace Old Windows? Here’s Our Advice

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.

Andrew and his team were amazing! The project took several days (demolish and rebuild a staircase and supporting wall). They were on time EVERY day and truly cared about my property. They hung plastic and ensured that the dirt/dust from the project did not permeate the rest of the house.

From the very beginning, Andrew Cosello was professional and knowledgeable. He gave us a fair and appropriate estimate for the job. He communicated well with us throughout the entire job – from informing us as to when the job would begin as well as updates about how long the job would take.

After receiving 7 quotes for the project, we hired Cosello Construction. Cosello’s quote was not the cheapest or the most expensive. We feel that we got what we paid for by hiring Cosello Construction: quality craftmanship, experience, and an industry professional. Cosello Construction worked with our architectural plans and completed the work masterfully.

Andrew and his assistants do excellent work. We had them do major renovations on our investment property, so we hired him for some minor work in our own home. We were very pleased with the work done on both properties and would recommend them to a friend or relative without hesitation.