Feeling a draft? Have you noticed condensation on the glass? Are your energy bills climbing higher every year? If so, it might be time to take a good hard look at your windows. Upgrading your windows every few years to ensure you have the most energy-efficient, cost effective set is smart. But before you make any decisions there are a few things to take into consideration. You may even be able to revive the windows you have. First things first, ask yourself:
When were your windows first installed?
If the answer is 25 years ago or longer, you need replacement windows. Window sealant technology has come a long, long way in the past couple of decades. Chances are, even if you had top of the line windows installed that long ago, they will have depreciated to the point of inefficiency. If your windows were installed before 1978, they may contain lead paint, a poison particularly dangerous if there is any friction. You may be concerned with replacing windows that are of a historical value. If you are lucky enough to have such windows Ottawa has resources available to help restore them. Special consideration is given to windows that may increase the value of your home. If your home’s original windows contain stained, leaded glass, or decorative grills you should consult an expert craftsmen to preserve them.
What condition are the frames in?
Take a good look at your window frames, looking for signs of decay. If you find significant rot, sagging casement, fogging or condensation between or on the inside of the glass, or other signs of damage, your windows need some TLC. Fogging and condensation can often be solved with a good sealant. Hinges, cranks and other hardware can often be replaced. Rot, however, is game over. Once moisture seeps into the frame and rot sets in, there is no turning back. Replacement windows are the only option.
What kind of repairs are possible?
Windows can almost always be repaired if the time, money and hardware are available. But unfortunately, it’s not always worth it. If you notice deterioration in the quality of your windows and you are still under warrantee it is often best to simply replace them. That being said, if your windows don’t show any of the critical signs of decay a good sealant such as caulking or weather, stripping may reduce drafts and condensation. If the hardware is available for your windows in Ottawa at a reasonable price, why not replace it?
To maximize energy efficiency, Energy Star replacement windows will give you the best value for your money. While full replacement is an investment upfront, the savings and comfort are worth it in the long run.