Breaking Down Window Repair Costs
A broken pane of glass in your window does not always mean you must replace the whole window. It may be possible to repair the damaged pane, which costs much less than a replacement window. Replacing a broken window pane is an easy do-it-yourself project, or there are several online sites available offering window repair and restoration services for those who choose to go that route. You should compare the costs of having a contractor or handyman do the repair against the cost of doing the project yourself (factor in your home improvement experience).
Cost of repairing a window yourself
The cost of repairing a window yourself is significantly less than that of hiring someone to do the job for you. Repairing a broken pane will only cost you the price of the materials, maybe $18 to $20 depending on the size of the glass, and takes only a minimal amount of skill, equipment and time. It's important, however, to honestly evaluate your home improvement experience and skill level. There is also some research required before tackling this job. You may find that you either lack the time or don't want the hassle of doing it yourself and decide to hire someone to do it for you.
Cost of hiring a contractor to repair broken windows
The cost of hiring a contractor to repair broken windowpanes is considerably more expensive than doing it yourself, however, depending on your individual needs, you may decide that is the best option. A contractor will charge you at least $50 in labor costs for a minimal amount of work. Replacing a window will take most professionals under 30 minutes. The benefit of hiring a contractor comes when there are multiple windows to repair, or if another problem arises during the original repair.
In the end, it is important to make this decision after carefully considering a few things; your home improvement skills, your time, the size of your project and your budget. After considering these things, you will know whether you should repair your windows yourself or hire someone to do it.