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Looking For Window Repair and Installation? Get Help from a Professional Handyman

Feb 24th 2015 at 4:35 AM

If your energy bills are higher than you think they should be or higher than you wish they were, window replacement can considerably lower your bills, not to mention beautify your home. If your current windows don't operate easily, are painted shut, or are otherwise broken or problematic, there's a good chance that you could benefit from installing new windows.

Single-pane windows often leave rooms feeling chilly and dry in cold weather and overheated in warm, sunny weather. Windows with double-pane glass can greatly improve the comfort of your home. They can block much of the heat of direct sunlight but still allow the light to come through (less need for shades). They’ll reduce cold drafts and the chill of cold glass. And they’ll reduce condensation so you can keep the indoor humidity at a higher, more comfortable level in cold weather. New energy efficient windows will also save on your fuel bills but in some cases, if you old windows are still in good shape, it may not justify the investment to purchase new windows.

Are your old windows worth repairing?

You can almost always repair and restore old windows if you’re willing to set aside the time and can find replacement hardware. But it’s not always worth the effort and expense. Major problems include:

  • Rot. Once rot starts, it’s tough to stop unless you commit yourself to replacing rotted wood (a difficult job) and then maintaining it regularly. Consider replacement. If there is rotted wood around your windows, this can usually be replaced at minimal cost.
  • Sagging casement (crank-out) windows. You can usually replace worn-out crank mechanisms, but bent or worn hinges are tougher and replacements don’t always solve the problem. Consider new windows.
  • Fogged double-pane glass. The fogging that occurs between the glass pane can’t be fixed. Glass replacement (sometimes the entire sash) is the only solution. This is often difficult and it’s expensive if a pro does it. Compare the “fix-it” cost with the cost of a new window.
  • Hard-to-find replacement hardware. Call the window manufacturer or local window dealer if you can identify the window brand and model number. Many hard-to-find parts are available from online suppliers. But often, new windows are the only option.

When you call a window company, their goal is to sell you all new windows for your house even if you don't really need them. They don't want to repair your windows and don't want to install just 1 or 2 windows. They want to replace all of your windows. A professional handyman can often help you to decide if it makes sense to repair or replace your windows. He will also replace only 1 or 2 windows if that is what you need. He can also help you to properly maintain your windows by caulking or painting them when needed. It is important to hire someone you can trust so you will make the right decisions and not feel pressured into doing more work than you need.

Getting expert advice for home repair, home maintenance and home remodeling is important. Whether it is a small job or big job, calling the right company is important. You want someone that you can trust.

About the Company:

Home Fixers is a locally owned company with over 20 years of experience serving satisfied customers in the Western suburbs. Home Fixers is your one choice for all your home repair and remodeling needs. Home Fixers has received the Chicago Better Business Bureau's A+ rating, and their team of skilled professionals are all insured and bonded and have at least 20 years of experience.

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