Window Repair

Written by Charles Peacock
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It's great to live in a house with a lot of windows--as long as the house and windows are relatively new. People who live in old houses are usually all too familiar with the problems that pop up when your windows start to age. And these problems can be more than just cosmetic--leaving broken windows unfixed can actually wind up costing you more in the long run than replacing them completely.

Repairing Old Windows--Why and How

The biggest problem with old windows is that they tend to do a terrible job keeping heat in--or out, depending on the season. Old windows with cracked seals are notorious for adding dollars to your energy bills. The longer you leave them untouched, the more these costs are going to add up.

The good news is that window repairs are relatively easy, and can usually be done without having to pay for an outside contractor. If you're relatively handy, you can perform simple repairs like resealing your windows or even replacing broken panes of glass. If you don't feel comfortable doing the repairs yourself (or simply don't have the time), most general contractors will be able to handle the job easily.

The most simple window repairs usually involve replacing the seals around the glass panes and the window frames themselves. These seals tend to disintegrate over time, and they should be removed completely before you reapply a new layer of sealant. Even if you haven't noticed a problem with your windows, it's useful to take a close look at them once a year to make sure they don't need a little TLC.

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