Should I Repair Or Replace My Windows?

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On average, windows have a lifespan of 20-30 years.  As they age, they fall behind in sound attenuation, energy standards, and face decay from everyday wear and tear. 

Unfortunately, this means that every 20-30 years you are faced with the same daunting question- “should I repair or replace my windows?” It’s a question that only has one right answer: replace, replace, replace.

At first glance, it’s easy to come to the decision to repair; it’s the cheaper option and when working with a large project, that can add up quick. However, when you dig deeper into the issue, you will quickly see just how untrue that is.

There are so many benefits that come along with purchasing new windows. To name but a few, these benefits include better energy efficiency, easier operation, increased home value, and safety benefits such as heat and UV protection.  

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) EnergyStar program estimates that from replacing your rotting double pane window, the average homeowner can save up to $110 a year in energy savings alone. If you replace a single pane window, that number almost triples to $465 a year.  These savings alone pay for the extra cost of window replacement, not to mention all the other benefits. Paying the extra money upfront can end up saving you so much more in the long run.

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Case Study: 460-460 Amsterdam Avenue

The owners of 460-462 Amsterdam Avenue were faced with this dilemma. They hired Andrew L Pettit Architects to look into the conditions of their windows, and they soon discovered that it was cheaper to do a complete replacement of their windows rather than repairing them. By simply repairing the windows they would not meet today’s energy code requirements. “The results would leave the building with severe heat loss and air infiltration, as well as poor sound attenuation,” Andrew L Pettit.

At this point, we Adler Windows was called in to assist. After helping Pettit and the client choose the perfect type and style, we were able to supply and install Marvin Windows and Doors aluminum double hung window units in only 12 weeks.  Not only were these double glazed windows all within LPC requirements, but they were also within budget.

Ultimately, when facing the question “Should I repair or replace my windows?”, replacement proves to be the best option by far.