The windows and exterior doors in your home will deteriorate with time. They are critical parts of the building envelope and there are many factors to consider before making the decision about whether they need to be replaced or whether they can simply be repaired.
Today’s energy costs make efficiency one of the primary considerations. Drafts that can be felt around the frames, coldness on the inside pane of glass or condensation on any window or door are all good indicators that the insulating properties are well below today’s Energy Star standards as set out by the Government of Canada. Grants may be available in your area to improve your home’s energy efficiency and this could be the deciding factor in choosing replacement over repair. Improving energy efficiency will help the environment, save you money and pay for itself over time.
Moisture leakage or excessive condensation may have resulted in rot in the frames, sills or surrounding structural members. This damage will need to be thoroughly repaired rather than “patched” and must be done immediately to avoid further deterioration. Often the window or door will have to be removed to make these repairs and normally this will necessitate replacement of the unit.
The components and hardware of windows and doors wear out over time. Failed seals on thermal pane window units, poorly operating closing mechanisms, damaged screens and hardware are common problems. Older door and window hardware may not offer much protection against forced entry and replacement of caulking may be required to seal out water and stop air leaks. Most DIY homeowners can complete this work and get more life from their doors and windows.
In Newmarket and the York Region please contact MWD Planning at www.mwdplanningcentre.com for expert advice on repair and replacement of windows and doors.