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Restoration vs. Replacement Windows

Posted on August 15, 2019

East Moline Window Replacement

Moving into a historic home can have charm, but sometimes with that charm comes windows that leak too much air or fog up too easily. When it's clear that your old windows, however charming, are faulty, you typically have two options: you can restore the window or you can replace it. Which is the better option for your home? When do your windows reach the point that they can no longer be repaired and replacement is the only option? And should you wait that long? We'll answer these questions in today's blog.

Window Restoration

Homeowners are most likely to turn to window restoration if they have a historic home with historic windows that they don't want to lose. If you want to retain the charm of your windows, you might try to repair them or fix them up before you replace them entirely. There's also the idea that window restoration is cheaper, and it is perhaps when you only consider one-time initial costs. However, it might not always be the best option. 

If your windows are so old that they've begun to wear down, chances are you'll have to repair them multiple times to keep them in shape for the years to come, and those costs can start to add up. Drafty windows can also lead to problems with heating and cooling bills that spike or even mold and mildew if they tend to fog up and condense. If you're really in love with your windows themselves and you can't find replacement windows that match them, you may consider focusing on restoration, but otherwise it might be time to consider…

Window Replacement

If your window needs constant repairs, it may be a better investment to simply replace it with a more updated, energy efficient window. While this will cost more upfront, your replacement window will require far less maintenance and will be better insulating, which will lower your heating and cooling costs. Thus many homeowners feel that replacement windows are more cost effective in the long run.

That doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style and charm. Replacement windows can come in any shape and size. You may even be able to find a replacement window that has a similar look to your old windows, but is in actuality more modern and energy efficient. Even if you can't find an exact replica of your old windows, you'll be able to find windows that compliment the style of your home.

Interested in replacing your old windows with more efficient options? Contact Mainstream Home Improvements today for more information or a free estimate.

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