When you are caring for your home, you often think of a few things first. Your ceiling and roof, your floors and your walls often come to mind quickly. You also likely spend time focusing on insulating and protecting any attic, crawlspace or basement you may have.
But what about your windows? These are hugely important to the overall health of your home, and yet people tend to overlook them.
Replacing vs. repairing
The Spruce looks into reasons why you should repair or replace your windows. They acknowledge the fact that window replacement is often enormously expensive. Replacing just one window can cost you well over $500. Repairing a window is often less expensive, but sometimes impossible.
For example, you should replace a window that has major water leakage. You should also replace a window that has grown foggy and has condensation on the inside. Problems with the structure of the window itself might also require replacing.
On the other hand, you can repair a window that has broken or cracked glass. You can also repair water leaks, as long as they are minor. The same goes for any poor exterior window casings or missing exterior drip caps.
Damage your window can cause
But whatever you do, do not wait to repair a window. Water can easily soak around the frame and damage the entire wall surrounding it. Not to mention the fact that heat and cool air escapes through windows. A broken or damaged window can easily cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in electricity and heat bills. Repairing or replacing them is a great way to save money in the long term.