100 Year old windows- how to deal with?
We’re working on a 100 year old house in the Kansas City Missouri area. The house has its original single hung windows with some nice muntins in the upper sashes. These windows are (of course) weird sizes. Most are around 32″ wide by 72″ high. Most of them have the original single pane removeable storms.
The problem is that water and age have damaged most of these windows pretty badly with various degrees of rot and decay in the sills, sashes, and muntins. Most are fairly operable, however. The glazing is also pretty bad with all.
We’re in the initial stages of defining a work scope to deal with the entire exterior of the house and need some advice with the windows. We plan on removing all exterior siding and replacing. When this happens, we also plan to deal with the windows. The interior of the house is done (with the exception of trim around the windows) and so we want to minimize plaster damage and disruption.
What are some ways to deal with the windows? The most obvious (and tedious?) method is to somehow repair the windows. However, I am afraid of the labor and skill required. A carpenter freind of mine suggests sash replacement, but I’m worried about the viability of the window jambs, heads, and sills. My current leanings are to window replacement.
Any comments or suggestions? Valuable experience. What are the cost/benefit ratios of each approach? Any vendors or mfrs I should look at?
Thanks in advance for any advice.