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Windows - To Replace Or Repair?

As a locally owned company, we believe that long-lasting building materials benefit our Central Oregon communities and neighborhoods. That’s why we do our best to provide you with high-quality, sustainable materials from lumber and trusses, windows, doors, deck materials, and hardware and tools. We also specialize in handling a building project from beginning to end, from the ground up. From foundation materials down to the doorknobs, we have the knowledge and experience to complete almost any project to create your dream home.

Now onto today’s topic…windows!

Customers often come into the Design Center with questions about window replacement or repair. With goals to save money and energy, we know it can be confusing with all of the options out there. Thankfully, we know which replacement windows to recommend, which to avoid and if what you have is considered unsalvageable.

Central Oregon is a beautiful place to call home and being comfortable in your own home is well worth investing in. Sometimes your windows just need a few repairs to get them back to their original condition and we would be happy to help you navigate this process. Consider these factors when you think this is the case…


Cracked and broken glass- The first things to consider when your windows are cracked are safety and appearance. Most of the time, single-pane windows can be easily repaired whereas multi-paned windows can not. If you’ve been dealing with window problems for a while though, it may be time to look into other options.

Damaged muntins or mullions- Muntins are the vertical dividers that divide panes of glass in a window while mullions separate two sides of the window itself. Most of the time, rotting muntins or mullions can be repaired by removing the glass, cleaning, and applying fresh putty.

Stuck window sashes- In many cases, older window sashes get stuck due to layers of paint or the sash getting off track. Usually, this problem is able to be fixed with a window sash replacement kit.

Broken exterior drip cap- New drip caps can be easily purchased, fixed, nailed, and caulked into place.

Degraded exterior trim or casing- Not only is this unattractive, but it can also make your windows susceptible to more damage. Although you most likely won’t need an entirely new window here, you want to make sure you choose weather-resistant products or paint during the repair.

Minor water leakage- Many cases of interior leakage are caused by poor drainage, whether that be your gutters or other systems around your house. Make sure to check areas around your windows before assuming the windows themselves are leaking.

The hope is that any problems you may be facing with your windows can be repaired but if this is not the case, we have an experienced and knowledgeable staff that will help you choose the best window replacement options for your home and location.


Foggy windows or noticeable condensation- Unfortunately, this is usually an indication that your windows need to be replaced. Sure, the glass itself can handle moisture, but when condensation gathers between panes, it’s time to replace those windows.

Rotting wood or insect damage- Rotting or damaged wood can allow air to leak into your home. There are many reasons why wood deteriorates, including insect damage, but if your window frames are thoroughly rotten or damaged, new windows are worth the investment in the long run.

Problems with the outer structure- Whether you need a new-construction window because the area surrounding the window is also in poor shape, or simply a replacement window, when the structure itself is falling through, it’s time to replace the window.

Major water leakage- Major leakage can be a sign that the casing is shot or irreplaceable but when it does seem as if water is coming through the windows and no issues to the surrounding exterior area can be detected, looking into replacements is recommended.

Whether you’re experiencing drafts, condensation, or broken glass, or have aesthetic concerns about your windows, replacing them is always an option. Since 2003, our experienced professionals have been supplying Central Oregon’s leading home builders and contractors with new, replacement and upgraded windows or doors. We carry a variety of choices from the most reputable manufacturers like JELD-WEN, Milgard, Prime Window Systems, Weather Shield, and Ply Gem.

If we don’t have what you’re looking for in stock, we can get it ordered and even delivered. We’re proud to say our service area covers most of Central Oregon, including Redmond, Madras, La Pine, Sisters and Sunriver!

As mentioned, we can also help you access whether what you’re dealing with is replaceable or repairable. Our building material experts begin with the in-house takeoff from your blueprints and, when necessary, will visit your jobsite to ensure accurate measurements and planning.

Let’s get started on your next project! Stop by and take a look at the color choices and specialty glass samples, or our wood and vinyl options. You won’t be disappointed with the money you save having a more energy-efficient home!

(541) 388-9988

62960 Boyd Acres Road - Bend, OR


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