To Replace or Reglaze Old Windows?
…That is the question. Whether t’is nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous window prices, or to take arms against worn down old windows and, by opposing, reglaze them?
Pardon that outburst of Shakespeare — we were thinking about some pretty old windows and got carried away in history. All literature aside, your old windows need your attention. As windows wear down, they can become drafty, unappealing, and lose their energy efficiency. Sometimes they’re fixable, other times they aren’t. The best answer will be different for each individual situation, but let’s take a look at some pros and cons of each!
Option 1: Replace Old Windows
Sometimes, windows are beyond repair. Whether it’s a matter of the wood frame rotting and falling apart, or a baseball through the pane à-la-Sandlot, there are some instances where reglazing old windows just won’t cut it. With structural problems like those examples, replacement windows are definitely the way to go. Another great reason to replace instead of reglaze is when you want to change up the style or function of your windows. Otherwise, there’s a lot to be said for reglazing.
Option 2: Reglaze Old Windows
What is reglazing anyway? We’re glad you asked. Glazing is the hardened putty used to create an air-tight, water-tight, weather-tight seal between the glass panes and the frame of your windows. This can deteriorate over time, or crack or otherwise malfunction if the frame of the window suffers any trauma. To reglaze old windows is to, well, put new putty in that spot to seal the window back up! In many situations, reglazing will do wonders for the energy efficiency and eco-friendliness of those windows.
If you need advice as to whether you should replace or reglaze old windows, feel free to give us a call or send us pictures of your windows on social media, and we’ll be happy to offer our two cents!
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