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The Signs You Need Window Repair in NOVA

The Signs You Need Window Repair in NOVA

Have you noticed a draft being let in by a cracked pane, so you're running your HVAC system more often than usual? Perhaps there's a small amount of water damage below the sill, and you're worried it's affected your drywall?

It might be time for a window repair service from the experts at Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia - Arlington to Haymarket. Depending on the damage, some NOVA homeowners might consider replacement as a more viable option—and an opportunity to increase energy efficiency. But often a repair will do the trick. To help you know what common issues can be fixed instead of replaced, our pro team put together this guide.

What Are Some Common Repairs?

If you've noticed problems with your windows—but are unsure if you should replace or repair them—check out the following list of concerns that can be easily fixed without installing new models. As a rule of thumb, most damage that's not too severe can be repaired by a qualified technician or carpenter.

Chipped and/or Peeling Paint

Not only is chipped or peeling paint unattractive, but it can also lessen wood frames' water resistance. The good news is, with one visit from the pros at Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia, we can carefully sand, remove the old paint, and apply a new coat. You might even take the opportunity to add a new color and freshen up your home's exterior!

Worn Caulk

Although significant drafts can indicate you need to replace your window, sometimes the problem can be solved by replacing caulk. A qualified technician—like our window repair experts—will be able to ascertain if the draft is caused by worn out caulk or a different issue. If the draft is caused by old caulk, we can easily scrape it off and replace it.

Rotted Frames

Many homes have wooden frames. Although aesthetically pleasing, even treated wood can rot if subjected to extended periods of moisture. Heavy rains, melting snow and humidity all create the perfect environment for wood rot to spore. That said, we can easily complete window frame repairs—like replacing rotted sections—without replacing the entire pane.

Poor Exterior Casing

Exterior casing (the moldings that go around window frames) has two functions: it prevents damage and contributes to your curb appeal. Loose, rotting, cracked or missing molding is unattractive and can make your home look poorly cared for. But, it's quite a simple repair that any of our expert handymen or carpenters can complete.

Rotting Drip Cap

A drip cap is an L-shaped piece plank, usually made out of aluminum or wood, that's part of your window’s exterior. Its job is to stop moisture from rain and melting snow from seeping into your home. If the drip cap is wooden, it might rot over time and require replacing.

When Do I Need Replacement Services?

While many problems with broken windows can be solved by a qualified service professional like at Mr. Handyman, there are situations where you'll either have to—or want to—replace the windows instead.

High Energy Bill

Sometimes, incredibly high energy bills can actually be caused by your windows. Essentially, panes that are drafty cost money. Leaking air impacts the temperature within your home. Too much cold air, and your furnace won't be able to heat the space properly. Likewise, too much warm or humid air and your AC unit will work overtime to keep your home cool. The harder your HVAC system works, the more your energy bills cost.

A replacement service can help reduce your energy bill. You will be able to fix any cracks through which air is leaking. If you opt for double or triple pane windows, they will also do a better job of keeping radiant heat out during the summer, and maintaining your house's warmth in the winter.

Increase Energy Efficiency

Since single-pane windows are less efficient—particularly those installed in older homes—you may choose to replace them. Not only will you save money on your energy bill by installing windows with insulated glass, but you'll also reduce your ecological footprint. Since double and triple pane styles do a better job of mitigating your house's interior temperature, your HVAC system works less and burns less fossil fuels. As an added bonus, energy efficient models are sought after by many prospective home buyers, subsequently boosting the resale value of your house.

Excessive Damage

Repairs are not worth it if the damage is significant. Say a storm ravaged your home's exterior, shattering glass and tearing screens, or your house had ill-fitting windows to begin with. It might be a better investment to replace them entirely. One of our experienced technicians or carpenters will be able to diagnose the damage and let you know your best option.

Hire the Pros at Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia Today!

Do you need help to repair damage to wooden frames or drip caps? Or perhaps you want to go-ahead with a replacement service? Our skilled, reliable and hardworking team of experts at Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia - Arlington to Haymarket has the skills to replace or repair a range of styles, including:

  • Skylights

  • Casement

  • Exterior storm

  • Picture

  • Insulated

  • Bay

We offer reliable and cost-effective window repair or replacement services. Our service professionals have years of experience assisting property owners throughout NOVA . We pride ourselves on our dedication to both our craft and our customers. We're known for our unparalleled customer service, integrity, and transparency. When you welcome one of our technicians into your home, you can trust that you, your family and your home will be treated with the utmost respect and courtesy.

To book an appointment with one of our qualified technicians today, We invite you to give us a call today at 703-621-4817. Alternatively, you can also reach our friendly team by requesting a service online.