Are Your Windows Old, Drafty, Or Just Plain Ugly?…

Sometimes it is possible to repair damaged windows. You need to consider the condition of the frame, the glass, the sill, or the hardware to make a cost-effective assessment. We would like to give you a few suggestions about replacing or repairing your windows…

Rotting Wood

Repair or replace? A piece of badly rotted trim that is easily pried off, for example, should be replaced, not repaired. However, there are many situations where it is practical to repair rotted wood, although do-it-yourselfers need to use good judgment. Wood can rot in places where it can weaken a structure. If your windows are severely rotted, removing the glass and rebuilding the frame could cost as much as installing new windows. In this case, window replacement is a good choice. If you catch the problem early, you may be able to patch small areas with epoxy. Then you will be able to paint or stain the windows and they will look as good as new.

Broken Window Seal

Repair or replace? If you can feel a cold breeze around the seals of your window, then your seal has flattened and is no longer effective. You can also remove a bit of seal from your window, if it’s squashed flat or you find it’s brittle and crumbling then you should be replacing them right away. De-fogging equipment is an advertised solution, but many online reviews say it is an unsatisfactory process. If the frame is still holding put, it may be possible to merely replace the sash, but replacement of the sash is recommended.

Broken Glass

Repair or replace? Replacing the glass is more cost-effective than replacing the whole window. With replacing the glass, you still get the benefits like energy savings, better heat gain, and less heat loss, but at a fraction of the price of a window replacement as long as the frame is still in good condition. If your window is old and your frame is not in good shape it is better to replace the window.


Repair or replace? If you’re looking for the best DIY solutions to fix drafty windows and improve efficiency, here are six simple methods to consider:

  • Repair, replace, or add new weather-stripping.
  • Get a window draft stopper.
  • Cover cracks with nail polish.
  • Wrap the windows with film.
  • Reglaze the windowpanes.
  • Use interior storm windows or inserts.

However, if the draft is caused by a loose sash, rotten wood, or single pane glass, a replacement is probably best.

Smooth Operation

Repair or Replace? Purchase a silicone-based lubricant at a local home improvement store. Spray the lubricant onto a dry cloth and wipe along the inside and outside window tracks, jamb liner, and weather-stripping. Open and close the window several times to distribute the lubricant evenly. Adjust the sliding window rollers. Clean dirt and grit and chip away paint if the window was painted shut. Or look for replacement hardware. A new window may be the only answer if replacement parts are not available or if the window has stopped working properly because it is out of square.

Modern windows offer better insulation, which makes it easier for your heating and cooling system to keep your home cozy. If your energy bills are skyrocketing, replacing the windows in your home might be the solution.

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Building Concepts specializes in custom remodeling projects across the Greater Cincinnati Area. Our comprehensive residential and commercial experience has built a reliable reputation you can trust. Every day, we work to build trust through communication and attention to detail. We strive to enhance the lives of our clients by providing high quality solutions with hands on service. Throughout the remodeling project, minimal disruption to your home or office is our highest priority.

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