Are your windows in dire need of an upgrade? If your current windows are cracked, foggy, leaking, cold, or otherwise damaged, you need a solution, and quickly. The first question on your mind should be: repair or replacement? While both methods have their merits, the best choice for you will depend on the issue at hand. Keep reading below to learn about some of the most common window problems and whether repair or replacement is the right choice for you.
Visual accuracy isn’t the only issue caused by a cracked or broken window; you also have to worry about energy efficiency and safety, too. If you have a broken single-pane window, repair is the best option for you. You can hire a professional who handles glass installation in Fairfax County, VA, to fix the broken section of glass. If you have a fractured multi-pane window, you can choose between repair and replacement. However, if you are experiencing other window problems in conjunction with the cracking, a full replacement may be the way to go.
When windows start to get foggy, it means that water is entering between the window’s double- or triple-paned insulated glass unit (IGU). Modern windows have a sealed, permanent IGU built into them. Because of this, they cannot be disassembled and put back together again. In this case, removal and replacement is the only option. You can choose either a replacement of the full window or a partial replacement of the affected sash. If your home has older windows, you may be able to find a qualified glass installation company to replace the glass in question.
Have you noticed water entering your home near your window? Typically, water comes from around the window and not actually through it. Damaged and ineffective gutter systems can direct water towards your windows, instead of away from the home as they are supposed to. Window seals are designed to keep water out, but they cannot withstand a forceful flow. First, ensure your gutters are clear and working properly. If this does not have an impact on the leaking, there may be a problem with the window casing. While it’s wise to get your home checked by a professional first, this could indicate that it’s time for new windows.
One of the most common issues that homeowners with old windows experience is windows that they cannot operate. Either the upper or lower sash is unable to move. This could occur because one half of the window was painted shut, effectively adhering the window to the frame. Alternatively, the sash could have come off its track. If the sash can be moved, but it requires a lot of effort to do so, the problem may be caused by a broken cord on the sash weights. With this sort of issue, repair is usually sufficient to remedy the issue.
Mullions and muntins are the pieces of wood that separate each pane of glass in a window. If these pieces are split or rotting, they will need to be rebuilt. On the bright side, the remainder of the window will still be usable. This means that, with a minor repair, your window will be as good as new in no time.
If you need window repair or replacement, contact us at Northern VA Glass today!
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