One thing that I loved about my house when we bought it three years ago was the greenhouse in the yard. I knew that it needed a lot of work, but knew that I would eventually get around to making the repairs and would have a wonderful greenhouse to spend my free time in. I had to do some research to find out about replacing the glass panels that had been broken over the years. I wanted to be sure that the glass I was installing wasn't going to stop the sun's nutrients from reaching the plants and that the glass would be durable and last for many years. If you are building or repairing a greenhouse, visit through my blog to learn all about the glass that should be used.
Window replacement is frequently costly, but if your old windows are letting the heat and cold in, your energy bills are probably through the roof as well. Deciding when to replace the old windows in your home can be tricky. You need to consider several factors before you make your decision.
Often your older windows can be repaired, although they will not be as energy efficient as replacement windows would be. If you are trying to delay replacement, however, you can do things like remove the old caulk around your current windows and recaulk them yourself. You can also add weather stripping to all your old windows. If you have rot around your window frames or the sashes are wedged shut, an expert may be able to repair the damage. Although the repair bill may be significant, it will probably be less than replacing your windows.
Experts also suggest repairing vintage windows whenever possible because replacing them can actually lower the value of your home. Of course, if they are simply beyond repair, you can consult a specialist about purchasing replacement windows that will complement the style of your house.
In most instances, the best long-term solution to window problems is to replace them. If your windows are decades old and are showing real signs of wear and tear, now is a good time to invest in replacements. Chips, cracks, and condensation between panes are also signaling you that replacements are in order. Other signs that your windows need to be replaced include drafts around the windows, difficulty in locating replacement parts, and problems raising and lowering the windows. High energy bills also indicate that your home is letting too much of the outdoor air inside.
Although recouping the cost of your replacement windows will take years, consider that you are protecting the value of your home. Well maintained residences are highly prized by potential homebuyers. Plus, most buyers want homes that need little or no remodeling. You will also enjoy the comfort and appearance your new windows provide.
If you can repair your aging windows without investing too much money in the effort, go ahead and do so. However, if your windows are in bad shape, repair is just delaying the inevitable. Consult with your local residential glass expert for an estimate on replacing your home's windows. You may be pleasantly surprised at all the options available to you.