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Generally, there are two main areas where windows can get damaged: the pane and the surrounding frame. However, there are some cases where your window may look intact and still be functional, so how do you know when it’s time to replace your windows? We delve deeper with some examples and discuss scenarios where window refurbishment may be more appropriate and cost-effective.

When Should I Replace My Windows?

You’ll need to consider the condition of your windows and your budget. In many situations, like the ones we are about to mention, it may be more cost-effective to replace the entire window rather than repair it.

Experiencing Cold Drafts

If you keep your windows and doors well-shut to preserve heat but still feel cold drafts coming in, there could be a leak in your window. Damaged seals, worn-out caulking, or cracks can compromise thermal stability. Not only will this cause cold air to seep into your home, but warm air will escape as well. This could put considerable strain on your energy bills as you struggle to keep your home well-heated, especially over winter.

Replacing your faulty windows with retrofit double glazing will afford you better savings and a warmer home. Double-glazed windows feature an additional layer of trapped air in between, which acts as further insulation. While this keeps your house cooler in winter and warmer in summer, it can also serve as a noise dampener.

If you don’t experience any drafts but are seeing higher than usual energy bills, it can also be a sign of a compromised window and extra care should be taken to check for leaks.

Considerable Damage or Faults

Significant damage such as broken or cracked panes of glass should be replaced immediately as a safety precaution. Windows that hang loose or crooked should be replaced as well. Upgrading damaged windows with new materials would be a considerable improvement and can be a quality investment in the long run.

When Do I Refurbish My Windows Instead?

In some cases, it may be cheaper to replace the affected areas if the entire window is still in good shape or if the glass itself is left intact.

Compromised Frames

The older your home is, the more likely your frame is prone to rot, especially during seasons of heavy rain and humidity. Wooden frames become warped from water damage. Any mould growth that comes after would pose as a major health concern in addition to being unsightly. However, this can be easily fixed by swapping the frames out, especially if the panes are still intact. This would also solve cases where the paint on the frames is chipped or peeling or if the window is jammed from years of collected rust and grime.

Atlas Glass Has You Covered

With decades of experience, the team at Atlas Glass are experienced in providing timber joinery services as well as being one of the pioneer glaziers in Auckland. We carry high-quality glass solutions for both commercial and residential services and are eager to help you with your problems. Reach out to us today for a free consultation.