Wood Window Replacement and Restoration
Replacement windows can help turn your older home back into one of the showplaces in your community as long as the job is done right. You obviously don’t want to slap in modern aluminum or vinyl windows to replace the older ones that are so right for the period of your home. You’ve seen that done on too many rental properties and already know that it can be more of an eyesore than an enhancement. Besides, if your window frames are solid wood and still in good condition, all you’re really in need of is a replacement of the single-pane glass that was standard in old windows. You will be glad to know that there are several relatively-affordable options to completely replacing your vintage wood windows.
It may be that you love the wavy look of the vintage glass in your windows and would hate to see it removed. In that case, you might look into having the sashes removed, adding spacers and a second pane of glass, and reglazing. This process will allow you to keep your old look while making your windows considerably more energy efficient. Although it can be difficult to find a contractor who specializes in this type of replacement, and it isn’t going to be an inexpensive restoration, it’s still the best method you can use to update your windows without modernizing them.
Another method of making your vintage windows more energy efficient is by adding storm windows on the inside of your home. These windows, made of glass, acrylic, or polycarbonate, are one of your least expensive options for reducing the energy costs in your home as well as adding UV protection for your belongings which didn’t exist at the time the original windows were constructed. You will also find that these storm windows will reduce the noise you get from the street as well as the drafts you’ve always felt in the wintertime.
If your home is of historical significance, you might try contacting your local historical society to see if they can give you some pointers or suggestions about vintage replacement windows for your home. They often have restrictions which apply to historical homes in order to retain the integrity of the architectural restoration. They will also probably know of contractors who are well-versed in the restoration of older homes who will be able to assist you.