At some point, many Orem homeowners need to get new windows. But sometimes, calling a professional for window repair is an effective way to resolve problems.

So, what’s the right choice for you?

Making repair-or-replace decisions about any element of your home can be challenging, as the solution depends upon the specific problem at hand. But the following guide from the Complete Glass team can help you figure out whether window repair or replacement is in your best interests.

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When Window Repair May Make Sense

Sometimes, window repair is like slapping a Band-Aid on a wound that need stitches. But in certain instances, scheduling repairs can be the right option. If you’re facing any of these issues, you may want to discuss window repair with a professional contractor:

  • Broken, cracked or chipped glass panes
  • Damaged mullions, or the narrow strips that divide glass panes
  • Windows that are nearly impossible to open
  • Defective locks or hardware that impedes window function
  • Drafts due to old weatherstripping or worn caulking

Keep in mind, though, that depending upon the exact nature and degree of damage, repair may not be the most cost-effective solution. And in some situations, repair can even be more expensive than installing new windows.

When to Think About Getting New Windows

Scheduling window repair may be the right move for some Orem homeowners, but going that route isn’t always practical. Below are a few circumstances where getting new windows can be the best decision:

  • Warped sashes or gaps between the frame and sash
  • Water infiltration or signs of water damage
  • Condensation or fog between the panes
  • Wood rot in the frames, sashes or mullions
  • Glass that is cold to the touch in winter

In addition, repair isn’t always feasible. If you currently have double- or triple-pane sealed windows and a problem pops up, the difficulty of completing repairs may mean that option isn’t on the table. In that case, replacement may be your only course of action.

Questions to Consider as You Make a Decision

When deciding whether window repair or replacement is the right decision, you have several factors to consider. Cost is likely a concern, but you also need to think about function, performance and the curb appeal of your Orem home. As you mull the matter over, ask yourself the following questions:

Is window repair worth the cost?

Getting repairs typically costs less than installing new windows, but that isn’t always the case. Replacement may not be as labor-intensive, making it the less expensive option.

How old are your windows?

Age may be worth consideration, as high-quality windows can last 25 years or longer, but some builder-grade models start showing signs of aging within 5 or 10 years.

Do your windows have ongoing issues?

An occasional repair can be sensible from a cost and time perspective. If you frequently need to get your windows fixed, however, replacement may be a smarter investment.

Are your windows affecting your day-to-day comfort?

If your Orem home feels frigid in the winter and unbearably hot in the summer, getting new windows could solve the problem and provide you with significant energy savings.

Is your Orem home in need of a makeover?

When properly maintained, windows can last for a long time – but replacing yours could add architectural interest and enhance the appearance of your Orem home.

Choosing an Orem Window & Glass Contractor

With a trusted professional contractor, you’ll get expert advice on whether to repair or replace your windows. Skilled technicians will visit your Orem home to assess your needs, explain your options and help you decide how the project will proceed.

To find the right window and glass contractor, take the following steps:

  • Gather referrals – Ask friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and other trusted sources for recommendations or search online for local contractors.
  • Vet the contractors – Check their websites, finding out their years in business and confirming that they are fully licensed and insured.
  • Read reviews – Learning about the experiences of current and previous customers can help you figure out if a contractor is worthy of hiring.

Once you narrow down the list to just a few Orem contractors, contact each one and schedule an in-home consultation. Many companies – including Complete Glass – offer this service at no cost.

Turn to Complete Glass for Window Repair & Replacement Services

In order to decide between window repair and replacement, you need to know exactly what you’re in for – and you’ll get an honest opinion from the professional team at Complete Glass.

Our decades of experience means we know when repairs are worthwhile and when it’s time to get new windows, and we’ll recommend the approach that makes more sense in terms of cost, time and hassle. And since we offer both repair and replacement services, the Complete Glass team can handle either type of project for an affordable price.

Orem homeowners call on us because we’re known to be an honest, reliable contractor — and because we employ highly skilled craftsmen who are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service. We want to earn your business for life, and we always stand behind our work.

For more information on our Utah window repair services, or to explore our range of energy efficient, budget-friendly window replacement for homes in Orem and the surrounding northern Utah area, contact Complete Glass and schedule a free consultation today.