On average, windows have a lifespan of about 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.
According to the experts at Home Advisor, the national average cost for window replacement is $500, while repair is $319. At first glance, it’s easy to come to the conclusion to repair. It’s the cheaper option and, when working with a large project, that can add up quick. When you dig deeper into the issue, however, you see just how untrue that is.
There are so many benefits that come along with purchasing new windows! These 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 a double pane window, the average homeowner can save up to $110 a year in energy savings alone. For 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.
460-460 Amsterdam Avenue
The owners of 460-462 Amsterdam Avenue in NYC were faced with this dilemma earlier in the year. After hiring Andrew L Pettit Architects to look into the conditions of their windows, it was found that it was cheaper to do a complete replacement of the windows rather than repair them. With repairs, the windows still would not meet energy code requirements. Also, according to Andrew L Pettit, “The results would leave the building with severe heat loss and air infiltration as well as poor sound attenuation.”
At this point we were called in to assist. After helping 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.