Are Replacement Windows a Waste of Money?comments (43) January 12th, 2010 in Blogs
I’m currently writing a story on the restoration of old wood windows. I’m trying to determine whether or not it’s worth tearing the old units out to install vinyl replacements. The topic hits close to home. I live in a hundred year-old-building that’s on The National Register of Historic Places. My windows are original. They leak, they’re loud and I love them. Yet, four to five times a year I receive a window replacement advertisement in my mail box. Typically they’re marked with claims of huge energy savings. I crumple them up and throw them in the recycling bin, not because I’m oblivious to the idea of saving energy (and money), but because I feel a sense of responsibility for my windows. I can’t replace them.
Well through my research, I found that I may not be as crazy as my neighbors think. I’ll save the details for the article, but tests show that a properly restored and upgraded wood window can rival the performance of the typical vinyl replacement. Other research shows that the payback period for replacement windows can be as high as 100 years.
In the bid for efficient, comfortable houses more and more homeowners are replacing their windows. In 2001, 61 millions windows were sold nationwide. Of those, 26% were replacements. In a time where old is synonymous with inferiority, and pressure to replace old wood windows are fueled by rising energy costs, it’s best to slow down and consider the options carefully.
MORE ON WINDOW REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT: If you do plan on embarking on a window repair or replacement project, here are a few great resources on FineHomebuilding.com:
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