For years, I’ve been amazed at the number of homeowners who would rather replace original wood windows with vinyl substitutes then simply repair them. Even after I explain that our custom-built repairs will look as good as the originals and often increase the value of their home, I hear the common refrain, “I think I’d rather have new windows.”
If you’re thinking the same thing, bear with me for just a moment. I’d like to walk you through the situation.
Let’s say you’re living in a nice house in a nice neighborhood. You’ve taken good care of your home but maybe haven’t painted quite as often as you should have. (With the recession we’ve just come out of, this is a common issue.) So now you’re looking around the house and you notice some wood rot on a few window sashes. You call a window company, they come to your house, take one look and say something like, “You’re going to need to replace those windows. The cost is about $850 each.” Ouch.
But if it’s just the sash that’s rotted, why replace the whole window? Why not replace the sash? It’s much less expensive, maintains the pleasing aesthetic of your home, and is better for the overall value. Would you replace the whole car if you needed new tires?
If you’re seeing signs of minor wood rot, broken window seals, or other wear and tear, we can probably help. Send us a few photos, the name of the manufacturer (if you know it), and we can send you the pieces to make the repair yourself or with a qualified contractor in your area.