Before you start shopping for new windows or planning on repairing them, you need to know what can be fixed or done to make the windows you have now more energetic. Of course, fixing your old windows will lower your energy bills, but it will take years to recoup the thousands you will spend on replacing new windows and installation. Here’s some advice from the experts from on when to repair your windows and when to replace them.

Windows help define your home’s look and can also be an important architectural detail. Replacing windows, especially ones with stained or decorative wood grilles, can lower the value of the house. While repairing, and painting the old windows will beautify your home. The question to ask yourself when you are about to replace the window in your house is that will the new windows fit your home’s style or detract from it.

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Inspect your windows for decay. An expert might be able to repair rot, jammed sashes, and broken parts. If there are indications that water has penetrated around the frame, the windows can be removed and fixed before they rot. If the sashes stick, rub the bottom of a white candle against both the sides and bottom of the window for it to slide better in the channel. If there is condensation between layers of insulated glass, you will need to replace the sash or the window, which may be covered by your warranty.

Weather stripping and caulking can help to reduce drafts. Replace old caulk with new caulk using a caulking gun. Outside the house, caulk between the window molding and house. Inside the house, caulk around window trim. Apply when humidity is low, and it is above 45° Fahrenheit. Weather stripping helps with air leaks around sashes and should be applied to clean, dry surfaces when the temperature is over 20° Fahrenheit. The weather stripping will compress when the sash is shut. Combination storm and screen windows add insulation and cost less than replacement windows, though they are not that convenient. Interior storms are often more useful compared to exterior ones.

With the above tips, you should know the perfect time to replace or repair the windows in your house.