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Replace vs. Repair: What Should You Do?

Your home is your biggest investment, and as such, should be properly taken care of. Windows are what keep your home safe and secure from the elements, but older models can often be detrimental to your home and drain you financially. How are you to know whether you’re window is a “fixer-upper” versus damaged beyond repair? These guidelines will help you determine the differences between window’s that can be repaired, and windows that should be replaced.



Some damage might be irreversible, or very costly to fix. Repairing rotted windows is a very difficult job for someone to take on, and must be painstakingly maintained to ensure no further damage is done. Investing money in a window made of material less likely to rot is the best bet. Replace.


Leaks & Mould

Water damage and leaks in windows can lead to the formation of mould, which in turn could jeopardize your family’s health. Cleaning a mould infestation is a daunting task, and will likely not be a one-time thing. Sometimes, the root problem is within the walls of your home, and tearing out your existing windows is the only way to further inspect the issue. If you have a mould problem, it is best you replace your windows.



When you see condensation form in between the panes of glass in your current windows, it is time for replacement. This means that the window is improperly sealed, or the seal has worn down over time, exposing the space between panes to outside air. Simply replacing the panes of glass can be as expensive as replacing your windows as a whole.


Drafts and Energy Bills

Older windows tend to be less energy-efficient and allow for drafts more than newer models, and can end up costing homeowners excess money in the long run. Windows designed with one single pane lose a lot of home-produced heat energy in the winter, and allow the penetration of UV rays in the summer. Newer models are designed with efficiency in mind, usually with double or triple panes and low-emissive coatings. Replace.


When Should I Repair?

Windows are vital to the security of a home, and should be considered for replacement before irreversible damage occurs. There are, however, instances in which your current window may be salvaged by a simple


Hard to open: If opening your window has become increasingly difficult, consider removing grime from the hinges and applying lubrication.Sometimes a deep maintenance clean can be the simple solution you are looking for.


Chipped paint: Though peeling paint can make a window look as though it needs to be replaced, it can easily be transformed with a simple paint job. Some wooden windows require staining, which in addition to providing a pleasing aesthetic, also help in sealing out the harsh elements.


Minor hardware issues: Some hardware issues can be fixed by almost anyone. Determining the problem part and finding what you need at the local hardware store is an easy task, and can save you money on replacing a perfectly good window. 


It is important that you inspect and maintain your windows regularly. Whether they need to be repaired or replaced, you should make taking proper care of your windows a priority.


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Jeff Love
a week ago
11 new windows, 3 entry doors, 2 patio doors, phenomenal look and installation. Hydro bill dropped significantly even with the increase in rates. Team was fast and efficient. Broke one window and had it ordered and installed within a few days! Will use these guys for all my future window and door needs! A++++ experience.
Sanjay Tamang
4 months ago
Love our new windows and doors. We had all our windows replaced on the main floor, side door and front door, as well as the storm doors. The installation team was great. They removed the existing awning and were really great at cleaning up after the work. There were a couple of issues after the install, but the after sales service team of Alex and Walter were able to resolve it promptly. Great advice from Walter about keeping the humidity inside the house to maintain the windows, and also how to operate them properly. And thanks very much Alex and team for buying the doorbell and installing it for us, as well as fixing the bottom part of the door frames to cover holes on the flooring. Appreciate all your hard work and for going the extra mile. Will definitely recommend your company to friends, neighbors and family.
Nadine D
in the last week
Jim came by to give us a quote on a window and door he was very friendly until we sat down and decided what we wanted in are window and door. He was saying that are home was not are forever home. Insulted our house how does he know this is not our forever home very rude. Then he ask us the other company that came by we told him and the quote that they gave us, and he started being argumentative saying that it cant be its too low they cant be cheaper then me. And also pushing us to get a storm door which we said we just want a door then he said if we go to home depot there doors are not good. Sorry but dont want someone that insults are home and is rude instilling are window and door.
Thomas Carlyle
2 months ago
NorthShield did an excellent job with our house. They were the lowest price our of 4 companies I contacted for quotes. The windows look beautiful, and the molding is very well done. The installation was very quick, they replaced all of the windows in our house in about 4 hours. They cleaned up everything completely afterwards inside and outside, you can't even tell they were here! Very professional, very high quality installation, materials and work. I would highkly recommend them.
John Rawson
3 weeks ago
Firstly, I received a quote from Northshield in September - When I called to go forward with the windows it was early November and the price had jumped up close to $1,000. We had many quotes for windows, Northshield was not the cheapest but I went with them due to good reviews. They seem to have an issue with customer service as my windows were ready for over a month with no installation date in sight. I called and left several messages trying to get an idea of installation date before anyone called me back. The only reason I am giving more than 1 star is because the final product and installation team was good, aside from the slight crack in one of my frames and the mess left behind in my yard including many cigarette butts. In the future I will be going with a different company and would not recommend them.
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