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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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Courtney Schappert
in the last week
Likely a good company for windows, installers seemed competent. However for doors they seemed to have much less experience. My salesman left the company midway through the process and I wasn't informed, and turns out some miscommunication between him and I led to a product I didn't want. The door is nice, just not what I had thought I ordered, and it took about 4 months to get, so I accepted it. The paint also chipped after they left, which leaves a bad feeling (even though that's more of a manufacturer issue than NorthShield issue). I'm not saying these guys are going to be bad for you, but I'm not thrilled with my result. REPLY December 5, 2018: I had called about the paint chip and wrong door options already at the time and was told there was no recourse for me. The paint chip was there when I came home from work after the door was installed, but you provided a picture the installers took before the paint was chipped, so at that time I was told there was no recourse. The wrong options I was told was due to a salesman who took my order having left the company, and there was no paperwork showing my chosen option (no door handle hole to be cut). I will call again tomorrow and update this with the results of that conversation.
Carl To
2 months ago
Alex and the team at north shield were amazing. Great customer service, along with a great team of installers. North shield replaced my 2 front living room windows in 1 day. They even took away my awning! Highly recommended
a month ago
Very professional workers that despite finding, no vapor barrier and wood rot on our deck, fixed it right and continued to install our very beautiful door and side light without complaint. I would highly recommend Northshield to any friends, neighbors or anyone else. I am a very Happy, Happy Gal with my beautiful new door!
Richard Romanow
a month ago
Installation crew showed up on time. Brought coverings and tarps to contain any mess. Installation went smoothly and the guys were very polite and considerate. The old windows and frames were removed and the jobsite was clean when they left. Great work at a good price! Thanks Andy and Serge.
Emma Liiv
2 months ago
Jim gave us a great price, and I was also very happy with the installation team. Great workmanship, product, hey we’re friendly and clean. I am left feeling good about the company we chose to do our windows. I would certainly not hesitate in recommending them.
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