If you’re a homeowner and your double glazing has begun to fail, you’re probably wondering whether it’s best to repair or replace it. Well, the truth is, that will depend on the circumstances. So to give you an idea of when it’s best to repair or replace, we’ve explored a range of common double glazing failures.

Window seals have failed

One regular failure is broken seals. If you’re unaware of whether or not yours have failed, condensation forming between the panes of glass on your window is a common indicator of a broken seal. In severe cases, the glass unit will require replacing, however minor breakages can be repaired. If a replacement glass unit is required, you’ll be able to keep your old window frames, provided they’re in good condition.

Too much exterior noise making its way inside

This problem is particularly common on older double glazing because the gap between the two panes of glass is considerably smaller than on modern counterparts. In such cases, the usual solution is to replace the double glazing.

Cracked double glazed window repair

It is possible for cracks in the glass unit to be repaired, however if part of the glass has shattered, it’s likely the whole glass unit will need replacing. For small cracks, confident DIYers can attempt the repairs themselves, by using a clear adhesive that is specially designed for use on glass. Although, it’s worth bearing in mind that glass repair doesn’t always work and the glass may still require replacing.

Issues with the hardware

A broken handle or hinge can make it difficult for the window to close properly, leading to draughts seeping through. A broken lock also compromises the security of the window and will need to be rectified sooner rather than later. Broken locks and handles are usually replaced, however it’s quite common for broken hinges to be repaired, as long they’re not broken too badly.

Old double glazing

If your double glazing is exceptionally old, any repair work is only likely to delay replacing it for a brief period of time. Plus, very old double glazing is notorious for its lack of energy efficiency, so it’s likely costing you more to heat your home. In such cases, replacing it with new, energy efficient double glazing will save you hassle in the short-term and money in the long-run.

Related to this post: How does double glazing work?

Update your Sheffield home with modern, energy efficient double glazing

If you’ve experienced any of these common window problems and would like to upgrade your double glazing, Global Windows can help. We install a selection of excellent double glazed windows across Sheffield and the surrounding areas and offer the option to buy now and pay later. For more information, contact us on  0800 610 1234 or send us an online message.

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