Repair or Replace? How to Make the Call for Your Residential Windows

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Home Repair or Replace? How to Make the Call for Your Residential Windows


Have you noticed that the windows on your Ottawa property are in bad shape? Do you wonder whether it’d be better to replace the current windows rather than drop money trying to repair them? If so, then you need to learn all that you can about residential window repair.

Doing so can help you understand the signs. Depending on the issue, it might be wise to replace your windows and get your hands on a better window with a state-of-the-art design.

See below for an in-depth list of the most common residential window issues and whether we recommend repairing or replacing them.

1. Your Windows Are Foggy

All Ottawa homeowners experience this at one point or another. the extreme conditions of our year-round weather can take a massive toll on your windows.

That fluctuation in weather can cause water to seep inside the glass of your windows (assuming you have double-pane or triple-pane) and cause the humidity inside to build up. The result of all that humidity is a foggy effect that can make it virtually impossible to see through the glass.

Generally, this foggy effect happens slowly over time, so it can be hard for you to notice. When it does happen, it can be hard to fix. Most manufacturers make their insulated glass units with seals, making it very difficult to disassemble. Some window repair services might even tell you that it’s impossible.

Truthfully, you just need to know the right people. If foggy windows are your only issue, then schedule our foggy window repair and save up to 70-percent in the process. We’ll have those windows defogger and back to pristine condition in no time.

That said, if you’re experiencing additional issues that are on this list, it’s probably best to replace the windows entirely than spend extra money on repairs.

2. You Have Water Leaks

Whenever someone thinks of water damage inside their home, they tend to assume that it would come from something along the lines of faulty plumbing. That isn’t always the case, in fact, your windows can cause a tremendous amount of water damage if they’re in bad condition.

Some of the most common signs of water damage include:

  • A musty odor that’s difficult to locate
  • Mildew or mold growth on your walls or floors
  • Your floors are starting to warp
  • You see discoloration on your walls or floors
  • The drywall is starting to bulge or sag
  • Signs of dry rot around your house

The list goes on and on. Water leaks from windows usually indicate a problem with your sealant around the window.

If you catch this problem early on, then it’s as simple as resealing the window to eradicate the leaks involved. However, if there are noticeable signs of water damage or your windows are getting up there in age, you’ll want to replace your windows.

By investing in residential window replacement in Ottawa, you’ll have full peace of mind. We’ll ensure that the new window is sealed correctly and your interior is void of any water leaks in the future.

3. Your Energy Bills Are Rising

Whenever a homeowner notices that their energy bills have skyrocketed, they’re quick to blame the HVAC system. The truth is that your system is just compensating for the lack of insulation inside your home.

Your windows might be complicating the temperature indoors if they have cracks or are improperly sealed. They can also cause more air to escape your home if they don’t have a strong IGU (insulated glass unit).

We strongly suggest that you replace those windows with double-pane or triple-pane technology. This can help you keep your home at your desired temperature and give some much-needed relief to your HVAC system.

Whenever there’s poor insulation on a home, the HVAC system is forced to overcompensate and burn through more energy to maintain your preferred temp. The more energy it burns, the more it will cost you on your energy bill.

4. Your Windows Have Cracks

Even those without much knowledge of homeownership know that a cracked window is a bad sign. It can lead to several serious issues such as a break-in, water damage, overheating your HVAC system, foggy windows, and more.

As we mentioned before, some of the window manufacturers seal their IGUs so much that the cracked glass can’t be repaired. This will require you to replace the entire window.

Let us take a look first! If you have a cracked glass, schedule an appointment with us. We’ll come to assess the situation and recommend our best service to fix it quickly.

5. Your Windows Are Too Old

As all homeowners know, nothing lasts forever. Like any other feature in your house, there comes a day when your windows are too old and need to be replaced to ensure safety and comfort inside.

Depending on the material that your windows are made of, that day might come a lot sooner than you had intended. Aluminum windows are notorious for having their frames fail only a few years into their lifespan.

Be sure to replace those old windows with vinyl windows. These are eco-friendly, cost-efficient, and the most durable window material on the market.

Invest in Residential Window Repair or Replacements Today

Now that you know whether you need residential window repair or replacements for your Ottawa home, don’t wait any longer.

Take the time to read this article for more information on 7 quick tips for repairing foggy windows and see how we can help you get clear windows once more. To get started, please call us directly at 613-519-1317 and we will be happy to assist you further.

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