This showed up in my Facebook feed. Look closely and note that they are showing a replacement window replacing a replacement window, likely not more than 20 years old.
This is the reality they don’t tell you – once you replace your repairable historic wood windows made with old-growth wood that will last 400 years, you get to keep replacing the unrepairable plastic or fast-grown modern wood windows every couple decades, filling the landfill with the last replacements. Replacement windows rarely pay for themselves in saved energy before they have to be replaced again. Invest in having your historic windows rehabbed. It is the sustainable option.
Here is an excellent case study documenting this: http://ow.ly/xXHm50EvBMV
Historic window sash were designed and constructed so they can be repaired, unlike modern window sash. If a modern sash is damaged, it has to be thrown out and replaced with another new sash. Damaged or deteriorated historic sash can be repaired and continue to serve their function for another century or more.
“Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” delves deeply into window repair, restoration, and replacement (if necessary). It is available in bookstores nationwide and through online retailers.
Signed copies and personalized can be ordered directly from the author in the shop on this site, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.
Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.
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