Window Shopping: Tips to consider when deciding whether to fix or replace

Thinking about doing some window shopping for your home this year?  If you’re doing renovations on your home and you’re looking for something that will have a decent return on investment, window shopping is a great idea!  New windows look great, boost the value of your home and increase energy efficiency.   On top of this, many models are easier to clean now than ever before, giving you the ability to clean both sides of your windows from inside your house!

However, it may be the case that you want to fix the old windows of your home.  Perhaps it’s not in the budget this year or perhaps you love the way your old windows look.

If you’re thinking about window shopping and are confused about whether you should be shopping for new ones or for products to fix the old ones with, here are some things to consider.

  • I live in an old house with drafty windows. Should I replace them, or can I just repair them?

If you have time and energy to repair your existing windows, that may be the most cost-effective option. However, there are some instances where windows simply aren’t worth repairing:

– The wood is rotting. Unless you have the time and skill to replace the wood and maintain it, consider replacement.

– The double-pane glass is fogged. Condensation between the panes can’t be fixed. You have to replace the glass to get rid of the problem. Putting in new glass is expensive; you may want to compare it with the cost of a whole new window.

– You can’t find hardware for it.

– Your old windows are a hassle. One drafty window that sticks might be charming, but a house full of them will drive anyone crazy. New windows are easy to open, airtight, and simple to maintain.

  • What are my options when it comes to new windows?

You have a number of choices for the glass, the style and the frame of your new windows including:

1. Glass
Most new windows are double-pane or triple-pane. Double-pane windows use two sheets of glass with air sealed inside. Opt for windows filled with argon gas, which slows heat transfer and keeps things cooler on hot days. Also look for windows that have low-e (low emissivity) coating, which lets in light while dissipating heat.

2. Style
You have two main choices: casement or double-hung. Casement windows open using a lever or crank, and seal tight for maximum energy efficiency. Double-hung windows are the traditional ones that slide up and down. They’re a little less energy-efficient, since the sashes have to be loose enough for the window to slide smoothly.

3. Frame materials
Your choices include materials such as; vinyl, fiberglass, wood and steel.

  • New windows aren’t in my budget. How can I make my existing windows more efficient?

To keep your home cool when it’s hot out:

– Use white drapes or shades to deflect heat.

– Install awnings over south and west windows, and keep the drapes shut during the day.

– Apply a sun-reflective film to the glass.

To keep things warm in winter:

– Put in storm windows. They’ll reduce heat loss by up to 50%.

– Keep drapes open during the day so the sun can help heat your home.

– Install insulating window shades.

– Attach clear plastic film to keep cold air out.

Replacing residential windows will range in pricing depending on size, glass, window style, and framing materials; don’t forget if you have them professionally installed to tack the cost of labour (usually per window) on the total price.  Whether you decide to repair or do some window shopping, you’ll get the best results if you do your research, and spend some time comparing costs and quotes.


  1. KevinRoss says

    Well I just want to say that windows Toronto on a budget Design prove to be quite a fine choice for both on the basis of installation and replacement purpose. Infact there is not much need of replacing it in a number of cases if installed by experienced professional technicians.

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