Sometimes you might not notice that your windows are causing you problems. This can be because of drafts, fog or leaks. If this is happening, it’s time to take a closer look and see if the windows need to be fixed or replaced. If the windows only have small problems, then they can probably be fixed with a quick and easy repair. But if the windows are old or have a lot of damage, then it will make more sense to buy new replacement windows.

1. Observe Water Leaks

Water Leaks

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If you see water on the inside of your windows, there’s a strong possibility that the problem is actually occurring around your windows as opposed to through your windows. Consider that problems with your drainage gutters as well as issues with your drainpipes can cause water to backtrack and get in through your windows. Before you decide to replace the windows, fix your drainage system problems and observe closely for a while to see if the water leakage problem is a thing of the past. But if the problem persists, you can be fairly certain that the window casing on the exterior is no longer holding up. You should consider getting new windows if, after pursuing the aforementioned tips, you find that the water is getting in through your windows.

2. Watch out for Damaged or Broken Glass

Damaged or Broken Glass

It makes sense to replace the window if the problem is broken or damaged glass. If you have single pane windows, you can potentially repair those at a discount to replacing. But remember that single pane windows don’t offer the energy efficiency benefits of multiple pane windows, so it might be a good time to upgrade. When you consider the benefits of replacement windows, you may find that it makes more sense to get new windows than to upgrade old ones.

3. Check if there’s any Broken Mechanisms

Broken Mechanisms

If the mechanisms on your window are either not working properly or not working at all, you can reach out to the manufacturer to see if you can get replacement parts. It is sometimes possible to save some money by simply switching out the faulty mechanisms rather than by replacing the entire windows. But if your windows are older, you may have trouble tracking down replacement parts. Since you don’t want windows that don’t operate properly, you may decide to upgrade to replacement windows if you can’t fix the mechanism issues with replacement parts.

4. Look for Fog Signs

Look for Fog Signs

If your windows are fogged up, this means that there’s water condensation inside your windows’ multi-paned insulated glass unit, or IGU. Since IGUs are permanent and sealed, they can’t be repaired. The sole option in these cases is to remove the existing windows and to replace them.

When you need replacement windows in Portland, OR, Kemp’s Windows Inc. is the only name you need to know. Founded in 1979, we’re a family owned and operated company that installs interior and exterior windows. For a free consultation, call us at (503) 659-7587 or stop by our showroom at 16107 SE McLoughlin Blvd Portland, OR 97267.

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