Windows, especially on the weather side of a home, take a terrific beating from wind, rain, sun, and snow. If your windows are showing signs of rot around the frame, fogging between glass panes, and broken mechanisms that can’t be repaired, you should consider replacement windows. The photos show the before and after condition of windows that WORKS replaced on a Beverly home built in 1997. The rot around the frame is clear in the before photos.
Are your windows in need of replacement? Before you replace windows, take these six facts into consideration:
- Old wood-framed windows with storm windows are quite energy-efficient, equal to modern dual-paned windows, they add style to your home, and are cheaper to repair than replace. Before you replace wood-framed windows, make sure they can’t be repaired.
- If you do replace windows, try to install a complete new unit, including insulation, rather than using a window insert, which will reduce the size of the window and probably leave insulation gaps. You want the finished replacement to look as if it always belonged to the building, a look that is difficult to achieve with inserts.
- Older houses (built before 1978) may have windows painted with lead paint. You need a contractor who is certified to deal with hazardous paint removal.
- Take time to explore the different options available for replacement windows: wood, vinyl, aluminum, and fiberglass. But take into consideration that modern wood windows may not have the same quality as older wood windows: wood is now farmed, rather than allowed to grow slowly, so it doesn’t have the same long life.
- If you want to quantify the energy efficiency of windows or qualify for a tax credit for replacing windows, check out the National Fenestration Rating Council website, which explains energy efficiency ratings and offers a certified products directory.
- Many options are available in window design, including low-E coating, argon gas between panes, UV blocking, tempered glass, folding glass doors, and large unobstructed panes. Consider what is most important to you and to enhancing the beauty and comfort of your home.
The WORKS team is expert at restoring old wooden windows, including replacing pulleys, sashes, aprons, and stops and building new storm windows. We also replace windows, often working closely with architects. Please contact WORKS for more information on restoring or replacing the windows in your home.