Repairing Windows After Warranty Period

Once the warranty period for windows expires, defects or issues will not be covered by warranty. However, this doesn’t mean the windows are at the end of their life.


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Repairing Windows After Warranty Period

Once the warranty period for windows expires, any defects or issues that arise will not be covered by the manufacturer or installer, leaving the homeowner responsible for any necessary repairs or replacements. However, this doesn’t mean the windows are at the end of their life. Many windows can last much longer than their warranty period, especially if well-maintained.

If issues do arise with windows after the warranty period:

  1. Insulated Glass Unit (IGU) Seal Failure: One of the most common problems with double or triple-pane windows is the failure of the seal, leading to condensation or fogging between the panes. In many cases, replacing the IGU rather than the entire window is more cost-effective. This involves removing the faulty IGU and installing a new one in the existing frame.
  2. Hardware Issues: Over time, hardware components like locks, handles, and hinges can wear out or break. Most of these parts can be replaced without replacing the entire window. Replacement parts can often be sourced from the window manufacturer or specialized hardware suppliers like Centennial Glass.
  3. Frame Repairs: Wooden frames are susceptible to rot and decay, especially if not regularly maintained. In some cases, small sections of rotted wood can be repaired. However, if the damage is extensive, replacing the entire window might be more practical. Vinyl and aluminum frames are more resistant to decay but can become damaged or warped. Minor damages might be repairable, but significant issues could necessitate replacement.
  4. Glass Breakage: Accidents can lead to cracked or shattered panes. In many cases, only the glass needs to be replaced, and the existing frame and sash can be retained.
  5. Weatherstripping: Weatherstripping can wear out or degrade over time, leading to drafts. Replacing the weatherstripping is a relatively simple and cost-effective way to restore the window’s performance.
  6. Maintenance and Upkeep: Even after the warranty expires, regular maintenance, like cleaning, inspecting seals, and ensuring proper drainage, can prolong the window’s life and prevent many common issues.
  7. Specialty Coatings: Some windows have specialty coatings for UV protection or other features. If these degrade or become damaged, they might be more challenging to repair and could require IGU replacement.
  8. Cosmetic Issues: Over time, frames might fade, paint might peel, or other cosmetic issues can arise. Depending on the material and type of window, cosmetic fixes like repainting or refinishing can refresh the window’s appearance.

While the expiration of a warranty means the manufacturer will no longer cover defects, many window problems can be repaired, extending their lifespan. However, if multiple issues arise or if the windows are nearing the end of their expected lifespan, it might be more cost-effective and energy-efficient to consider full window replacement. Talk to Centennial Glass today about replacing or repairing your older windows. We can extend the life span of your windows and save you money.

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