Your windows just don’t work like they used to. They’re hard to open, they let cold air in, or they don’t open at all. Replacing your windows can cost a small fortune, but repairing them may not be an option either. How do you decide what to do? In this guide, we’ll explain when it’s worth getting new windows and when it’s better to get new window hardware. Then you can decide what to do for your building.
Signs Your Window Is Worth Repairing
If you can replace your window hardware, you will save a significant amount of money. New window hardware will extend the life of your windows and prevent the hassle of replacing the entire unit. Here are some signs your window is worth repairing:
- Your windows are only a few years old. Most new windows are worth repairing because they are energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing. Replacing them would not be worth the investment.
- The windows are well insulated. If you don’t have any issues with drafts, strong UV rays, or other outdoor elements coming inside, your windows are in good shape. You might just need to re-caulk them to get them in pristine order.
- Most of the windows function well. If you only have issues with a few windows in the building, it’s probably a hardware problem. The damaged windows may have been used more than the others, so their parts wore down faster. Conversely, they may not have been used at all, and their parts seized into position.
- The windows fit the era of the home. New windows are not ideal for every home or business. If your building is historic, you might want to preserve the history of the windows. At that point, you’ll want to find the replacement hardware that suits your era-specific windows.
Signs Your Window Is NOT Worth Repairing
As much as we would love to save you money with new window hardware, sometimes you have no choice but to replace your windows. Here are some reasons why you would want to replace instead of repair:
- Your windows have started to rot. Once rot starts, it’s almost impossible to stop. You will need to consider new windows at that point.
- Foggy areas between the panes. Double pane windows can be repaired by replacing the glass, but the labor to do that is often more than the price of a new window. You can contact repair companies in the area to get an estimate, but chances are you will need new windows.
- The windows are ugly. There’s a difference between keeping windows that look historic and keeping windows that look dated. If you have yellow windows from the 70’s, they’re probably not worth repairing.
- The windows are not safe or energy efficient. If your windows consist of thin glass that barely protects your property, it’s time for an upgrade. Getting new windows will lower your energy bills, improve your property value, and enhance your safety all at once.
Note: Hard to find replacement parts are NOT a reason to replace your windows. We have access to nearly any specialty part you can think of here at WR Hardware. Give us a call, and one of our window hardware experts will gladly assist you.
How to Find New Window Hardware
If you have decided to get new window hardware, look for a manufacturer name and part number somewhere on the window. This may be located on the handle, the sash locks, the window trim, the channel, or another part of the window. Even if you cannot read a full name, take a photo so you can tell your window replacement part provider. They might be able to help from a partial name. Explain the issues you are having with the window, and they can recommend the replacement parts to order.
Contact WR Hardware at 800-225-2517 to order replacement window hardware for your home or business.
Designing a restroom partition is about more than just picking a color. It’s important to choose a material that is easy to clean, durable, and suited for the environment it will be in. In this guide, we will compare restroom partition materials so you can select the best one for your business.
Powder Coated Steel Partitions (Baked Enamel Partitions)
Powder coated steel partitions are the most popular bathroom stall materials on the market. They are made by sandwiching a panel of cardboard in between two thick sheets of metal. The metal is powder coated, which means that colored powder is applied to the surface and then baked onto the steel. These materials are also referred to as baked enamel restroom partitions. There are many solid colors to choose from, but there are not many patterns or designs with these partition materials.
- Price: $
- Durability: Usually comes with a one-year warranty
- Pros: Affordable and looks great in any setting
- Cons: Limited color options compared to other restroom partition materials
Plastic Laminated Restroom Partitions
Plastic laminated restroom partitions are constructed much like powder coated steel. A strong sheet of particle board is sandwiched between two sheets of plastic laminate. This is similar to the material you might see on a laminate countertop. Laminate restroom partitions are highly sought after because of the many colors and styles available. From speckled grey to faux wood – the possibilities are endless with laminate.
- Price: $ (only slightly more than powder coated steel)
- Durability: Usually comes with a one-year warranty
- Pros: Affordable and available in a wide variety of colors/patterns
- Cons: Not suitable for humid areas, such as shower stalls
Solid Plastic Partitions
Solid plastic restroom partitions are often used in schools because they are long-lasting and easy to maintain. The plastic is resistant to mildew, stains, pencil and pen marks, water, moisture, and more. Plastic partitions can be used in any weather conditions, including outdoor restrooms and areas with high humidity levels. They are made of solid sheets of plastic or polymer, at least one inch thick.
- Price: $$
- Durability: 15+ year warranty and able to withstand heavy traffic (schools, hospitals, warehouses, etc.)
- Pros: Extremely durable, low maintenance, can be used in any environment
- Cons: 50% more expensive than powder coated steel, though the durability often makes it worth the price
Stainless Steel Toilet Partitions
As you may expect, stainless steel restroom partitions are the most expensive options on the market. That is because of their high-end look and low maintenance requirements. Our stainless steel partitions are resistant to steam, stains, corrosion, fingerprints, and more. They are thicker than other restroom partitions, and they are made with a satin finish that beautifully reflects light in the restroom. Though they may not be ideal for all budgets, stainless steel partitions are a great choice for any bathroom design.
- Price: $$$
- Durability: Known to last a lifetime with proper care
- Pros: High-end appearance and suited for any weather
- Cons: Double the price of coated steel
If you would like assistance choosing the best restroom partition materials for your business, contact the door hardware experts here at WR Hardware: 1-800-225-2517.