(Closed) Are broken window seals a big deal?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1406 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

if you want to save energy then yes its a big deal. 

Post # 4
3424 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@accorn:  Yes they sort of are, eventually the windows will turn cloudy and you won’t be able to see out of them. 

Post # 5
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

In Texas/Louisiana, you will cry when you get your electric bill in the summer if your seals are bad!

Post # 7
993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Depends where you live – it can be an issue for heating/cooling – the outside air will come in and cause either you heating or cooling costs to go up as said before – you may notice drafts, and moisture will get between the panes which you will see/notice.  The seals help to insulate your house.  If temperature change and humidity aren’t variable where you live it is less of an issue but i would suggest you do it before the hot or cold season depending on the climate.  

The price depends on the type of windows you have and the cost of living.

Post # 8
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@accorn:  Since this came up in an inspection you could ask the sellers to remedy the situation before closing or provide a $ off the purchase price for the cost of the repair and see what they say. They may do it or they may offer to split the cost with you. Either way you make out.

Of course they could also say no. In which case you want to get an estimate before closing for the total cost and decide if its a deal breaker for you.

Post # 9
2685 posts
Sugar bee

Our inspector told us that we had 12 broken window seals during our inspection.  But the homeowner had a warranty on the windows, so she was able to get them all replaced for free before we closed on the house.  If the current homeowners purchased the windows, they may want to check to see if they have a warranty they can take advantage of.

We were told that just the seals could be replaced and we didn’t need to do the full window, but I think that will vary by the type of window and the condition of the window.  I would have a window specialist come out for an estimate, they can give you a much better idea of what needs to be done.

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