Should You Reglaze or Replace Old Windows in Your Home?

If you live in an older home, chances are that your windows are aging as well. And as windows age, their seals and glaze can start to weaken, threatening the integrity of the entire window while also reducing the efficiency at which your home maintains a temperature. In these cases, you can either reglaze your old windows or completely replace them. The decision, of course, varies with your windows, home and budget, but here are just a few things to consider when making this decision.

Know Your Windows:
First, and most obviously, you need to know your windows. You need to know how old they are, their integrity and how many years they have left before you must change them. And if the windows are an irregular or custom size, that can also be a factor you need to consider before you decide how you want to approach this project. So before you make any decisions, do your homework and get to know your windows.

Another important factor to consider when thinking about reglazing or replacing windows is how long you intend to stay in that home. If you plan to live in this house for many years to come, it may be a smarter long term option to simply replace the windows. Conversely, if you’re not going to live in this home for too long, you may opt to reglaze the windows. Similarly, if you know you’re going to be having major structural work done on your home, it may be best to wait to replace your windows, as sometimes windows need to be removed or can be damaged during a construction project.

Another major factor to consider before moving ahead is how strongly you feel about preserving the original work of your home. If you have a historic home, you may not want to install modern windows as this could take away from some of the intellectual and historic appeal of the home. But if the home is younger or you’re not as concerned with its historic authenticity, then perhaps replacing the windows is the option for you.

Energy Efficiency:
One of the great arguments for replacing old windows with new ones is that modern windows and glass are much more energy efficient. Better made glass with better made glazing can help reduce the amount of heat or air conditioning that is lost through your windows, saving you money. If you live in a home where regular heating or cooling is required, consider how much money you can potentially save by switching to new windows.

In a similar vein, you need to do a cost analysis between reglazing your windows versus buying new ones. Reglazing can be faster and cheaper than purchasing and installing new windows, but you may save more money over the long term with modern glass. Be sure to do your math and consult a professional before making your decision.

When you’re deciding whether reglazing windows or replacing them is the choice for you, there are a number of factors to consider. But with modern glass and glazing technology from Imaging Sciences, you can make the right choice for your home.

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