The costs associated with maintaining a home mean that many wait as long as possible before making updates to their properties. It can also factor into the decision to either replace or repair components, like your home windows.

So, if you do have worn-out windows, what is the best option?

First, you’ll have to figure out if it is cheaper to repair or replace windows in your Seattle home. It’s easy to find cost comparison information online these days. Let’s take a look at some average national numbers.

The Cost of Replacing a Window

Replacing a window is usually the go-to recommendation from most window contractors, especially when your windows are more than 20 years old. As windows get older, even if the glass is still intact, other components wear out—making the window less efficient and harder to operate.

According to HomeAdvisor, the average national cost of replacing your home windows is $11,060. Naturally, this number will vary depending on:

  • The number of windows in the home
  • Materials and type of window
  • Your window brands
  • Individual contractor pricing
  • Average costs in the local area

If you are looking to replace a single window, the price can vary between $100 to $1,300 based on the factors mentioned above.

The Cost of Repairing a Window

Of course, you may be thinking about simply repairing your windows to preserve them and save a little money. This can certainly be a good way to go, as the average cost of repairing a window is $350 per HomeAdvisor.

If you only have one or two windows that need repairing and they are made from a pricey material like wood or metal, you’ll definitely save some money. However, just repairing a single-pane vinyl window or trying to repair a window with multiple performance issues may be as expensive as simply replacing it.

When to Replace vs. Repair Windows

It’s important to be able to determine when you should repair a window vs. replacing it. Cost is a big factor to consider, but you’ll also need to look at the condition of the windows and determine how effective repairs are likely to be.

For instance, an old window may have a brittle, weak frame that won’t last long anyway. Even if you were to replace the components, it wouldn’t do any good because the window would probably break again soon.

Other reasons to consider replacing your windows instead of repairing them include:

  • More contemporary styles are available.
  • Modern materials will require less maintenance.
  • More energy-efficient window materials and designs are available.
  • New windows come with a better warranty.
  • Window installer is offering a big seasonal discount.

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If you are leaning more towards a window replacement, consider reaching out to Harley Exteriors for a free quote. We’ll be happy to send a certified expert out to provide an assessment for you. Simply give us a call or fill in our online form to ask for more information now.