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Do you love solid wood doors, hallow-core doors, French doors, screen doors, security doors, garage doors or any other type of door? If you said yes, we have that in common. Hello. My name is Pat, and I take doors seriously. Whether I'm hanging a bedroom door for my kids, buying new doors for my rental properties or advising a real estate client on new doors, I take the task seriously, and I spend a lot of time researching. After years reading about and testing multiple types of doors, I have decided to share my wealth of knowledge. Please explore, and I hope you like what you find.


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2 Important Questions to Consider About Repairing or Replacing Windows

by Brad Barnes

Before you shop for new windows or decide to have your current windows repaired due to a crack or chip, you want to ensure you considered both options carefully. You don't always need to replace windows when a pane is broken and there may be factors involved in window replacement you haven't considered. Note a few important questions to consider when it comes to repairing or replacing windows in your home.

1. When is a repair better than a replacement?

Very often this depends on the size of the crack or type of damage to the window, and is something that the installer or contractor can assist with. Some repair jobs are much easier than you assume; a chip can be filled in with a clear resin and the window looks fine.

Typically a window replacement means more than replacing the glass but includes putting in an entirely new casing or frame. This is good if the old frame has cracked or pulled away from your home so that it lets in air from the outside, but if the window pane alone is broken or chipped, a replacement pane or repair job can be the faster option.

Consider also the price of an entirely new window versus just a repair job, as you may wind up replacing more than one window. Remember that if you replace one window entirely, it may not match the other windows of your home. The paint color on other vinyl windows may be slightly faded, and the stain on wood windows may be slightly mismatched. When you decide to replace rather than repair one window, you may need to consider replacing all the windows on one side or one floor of your home, and this can be very costly.

2. Can wood frames even be repaired?

In many cases a wood frame to a window can be repaired; you might use wood putty to fill in a hole or chip and then repaint or re-stain the entire frame so that it looks like new. For smaller nicks and dents, a simple sanding might suffice.

One occasion when you may need to replace the wood frame altogether is when it has started to rot from the inside. It can be difficult to keep up with having to remove and replace the rotted area and once wood softens due to rot, the entire frame may also then start to rot. A window repair company can inspect the frame and advise you if your wood frames are salvageable.