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Make the Right Choice: Repair or Replace? A Comprehensive Guide for Your Windows and Doors

Are your windows and doors showing signs of wear and tear? Are you torn between repairing them or replacing them altogether? Making the decision can be challenging.  Glevum Windows is here to guide you through the process. In this article, we’ll delve into the factors you need to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your old windows and doors, including energy efficiency, security, aesthetics, and more.

Most home windows and doors have a lifespan of 15-20 years. Once they reach this age, the seals start to weaken or fail, which can leave you open to drafts and water seepage. Single-pane windows were the standard 15 plus years ago. These windows lack insulation and are less energy efficient than modern double-glazed ones.

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Let’s look at the factors you may want to consider.


1. Assess the Condition

The first step in determining whether to repair or replace your windows and doors is to assess their condition. Are there visible signs of damage such as rot, warping, or cracks? Are they difficult to open or close? Take note of any issues you encounter as this will help you make an informed decision.


2. Energy Efficiency

Old windows and doors are notorious for poor energy efficiency, leading to higher energy bills and drafts. This is very difficult if not impossible to resolve with a repair. Consider the energy efficiency of your current windows and doors. Are they single-pane? Do they have gaps that allow air to leak in or out? Are your energy bills higher than those of friends or family living in a similar property. Upgrading to energy-efficient windows and doors can help you save money on your energy bills while also reducing your carbon footprint. The Energy Saving Trust estimates an annual saving of up to £235 depending on what windows you are replacing and the energy rating of the new ones you choose.


3. Security

Your windows and doors play a crucial role in keeping your home safe and secure. If your current windows and doors are outdated or damaged, they may pose a security risk. Consider whether repairing them will be sufficient to improve security or if it’s time to invest in new, more secure options. In the past, double-glazing windows were designed with a special beading on the exterior of the window to help hold the glass in place. This would create points of vulnerability in the windows that would make it easier for burglars to remove them, giving them access to your home and all your possessions. Some windows from a few decades ago with this beading were particularly vulnerable, as a burglar could strip out this beading from all around the edges and pop out the pane.

Modern windows have everything neatly tucked away which has removed these vulnerabilities so easy access can’t be gained. They also include much more sophisticated locking systems than older products and retrofitting them to older windows isn’t really feasible.


4. Aesthetics

The appearance of your windows and doors can significantly impact the overall look of your home. If your current windows and doors are outdated or don’t match your home’s aesthetic, replacing them can enhance kerb appeal and increase the value of your property. Modern options come in a variety of styles and finishes, allowing you to choose options that complement your home’s design and accommodate your personal preferences.


5. Long-Term Costs

While repairing your windows and doors may seem like a more cost-effective solution in the short term, it’s essential to consider the long-term costs. Older windows and doors may require frequent repairs, leading to higher maintenance costs over time. Investing in high-quality, durable windows and doors now can save you money in the long run.


6. Environmental Impact

If sustainability is important to you (and it is to growing proportion of us), consider the environmental impact of repairing versus replacing your windows and doors. Older windows and doors may not be energy efficient and may end up in a landfill if they can’t be recycled. Opting for energy-efficient options made from sustainable materials can reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a greener planet. Contrary to popular belief, thanks to advances in recycling and design innovation, when used responsibly uPVC is one of the most sustainable construction materials available.


Deciding whether to repair or replace your old windows and doors requires careful consideration of various factors, including energy efficiency, security, aesthetics, and long-term costs. By assessing the condition of your current windows and doors and weighing the pros and cons of each option, you can make an informed decision that best suits your needs and budget. Remember, Glevum Windows is here to help you every step of the way – you can call us on 0800 33 22 55 or visit our website

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