The anxiety when considering a repair or restoring windows stems from the thought of changing the aesthetics of a home. Newer windows and wood frames look different than original structures. Price also plays a factor when refurbishing windows. But, restoring windows is not all about looks. It saves energy, too.
Common Window Woes
Worn windows cause more issues than people may believe. Restoring and repairing is about far more than the way they look.
- Lack of Shade – Windows heat up in the summer. When they stop blocking the sizzling sun, energy waste becomes an issue.
- Loose and Leaky – Windows lose their seal over time. Cool air and water seep from the edges and energy costs rise.
- Damaged Wood – Moisture also furthers structural damage to window frames both inside and out. Wood rot is more serious than merely the way it warps.
Difference in Restoration and Repair
Restoration and replacement are similar. The structural integrity and how a window operates are the two primary parts of window restoration. The aesthetics portion is not always part of the initial contract. Painters take up the slack and come in after the window is secure and repaired.
For example, changing plain wooden shutters to white shutters may only require painting, but sometimes could need more.
Updated changes are better than the original, even when a homeowner worries about the original structure. Technology offers better manipulation techniques and superior lubricants that last far longer.
The same processes go into repairing windows, but not as extensive. Hinges, cracks, and spot sealant are parts of mending the damage. The two-part steps that go into restoration, however, are not as extensive with a repair.
Breakdown of Parts of the Breakdown
The damage to a window deciphers what is part of the repair or possible restoration. Climate and weather play a major factor in the severity of the wear and tear. Any tune-up is about more than the way it looks.
- Damaged Wood – Warped or damaged wood requires replacement, at least in part. For instance, the frame that wraps around the pane of glass, the sash, is sometimes the only part that requires repair or replacement.
- Corroded Hardware – Homes near water sees their windows’ hardware rusting and corroding faster than dry climates. The shifts require refitting regularly and replacements of hinges and other metal components.
- Sticking and Stress – Cranking a window shut is a sign that the hardware requires replacement. A sticking window wastes more than mere energy. Most window hardware lasts fifty plus years, but straining it wears it down faster.
Restoration vs Repair or Replacement
Homeowners do not always know the difference between restoration and repair or replacement. More so they do not which they require when considering their house’s windows.
If the original aesthetics are important, restoration is the best plan of action. For example, wood prior to World War II is far different in grade and quality than wood after World War II.
If for instance, a neighborhood evolves in the way they look, a homeowner will want to upgrade windows to match in a way that flows. Replacement and repairs are easier in that case. Also, newer homes that require improvements do not rely on older, original looking windows.
Repair and replacement may also be a requirement because of toxic, older sealants and chemicals that cause poor indoor air quality. Certain woods also produce noxious sap. If either is the case, immediate attention is a necessity.
Replacement is also a need if upgrading to storm windows for specific climates, such as a place that has blizzards or hurricanes.
Regardless of restoration, repair, or replacement, a homeowner needs to consider all the factors that go into windows. It is more than simply following a trend. It is sometimes for safety reasons or to improve energy efficiency. But, it should not be a stressful process. Enjoy the options and take your time picking the right choice for you.