Window replacement contractors have stated on home improvement forums that 80% of their current window business is replacing replacement windows.
They said that most windows being replaced are only 15-20 years old!
All those homeowners that fell for the “window scheme” and removed their original 50, 100, 150 year old wood windows for these new replacement windows, now have the expense of doing it again and again. It just goes to show you how easy a homeowner can fall for a sales pitch!
So tough luck for those homeowners. It’s not that there was no information available about preserving old windows. It’s not that they were unaware that wood needs to be maintained. If the condition of their old window was beyond repair – that is demolition by neglect! If you neglect something then you have a bigger expense and that goes for anything.
What many homeowners view as bad or beyond repair is usually wrong and just a lazy excuse. It’s easier to give up than asking a carpenter about repair.
I do feel bad for their neighbors. They have to look at the house with shiny bright plastic windows.
Now these toxic vinyl windows will go into the landfill. There should be a tax accessed for doing this.
A post on a forum by a window installer:
I just got off the phone with a customer of 12 years ago with more seal failures, it seems that I’m going to be spending the rest of my life replacing failed IG units, the manufacturer warrants the units for life, but I had to supply the labor to replace them, had I know how bad these things were I wouldn’t have applied my normal lifetime guarantee for my work. Energy efficiency comes at one Hell of a price, both to the initial consumer and to responsible contractors who warrant their work. It’s best to tell customer right out front, that windows are no-longer lifetime investments, they are like paint and roofs, or tires on a car, they must be routinely replaced.
I recently came upon this article on Vinyl Windows and ordinances. It’s not only about protecting your old wood windows from the dumps, but protecting the homeowner from making a decision based on mass media and what everyone else is doing.
YOU found the information on this blog and website and are now able to make a more informed decision, but what about the people down the street that just received a great offer by a smooth savvy window salesman?
Read about the city of Rochester’s plans to deter the use of vinyl windows and experiences of homeowners who already replaced their original wood windows with vinyl. (pdf)
Then, if you haven’t read the Old House Guy website information yet, go to www.oldhouseguy.com/windows . If you know someone that is considering replacement windows print this out and stuff it in their mailbox.
Do you need your windows repaired or restored?
If you’re looking for a window restorer in your area check out the Old House Guy Window Listing here .
Mayfair Mistress says
Thanks for posting this – Rochester is where I fell in love with old houses, glad to see they’re working on protecting them – on a pathetic note the ad to the right is for replacement windows. oy!
Old House Guy Blog says
I agree. Sadly I don’t have control of the ads. The ads pull words from the text. I may say vinyl windows are bad and the crawlers pick up “vinyl windows” and post an ad. I’m hoping technology will improve soon to avoid this problem!
What color should the siding be – same color?
Hey! When I bought my 1900 house 25 years ago it was a quite a bit harder to find information on window restoration. Thank you for providing this information and other links on this. Fortunately, other restoration projects held me back from window restoration until I became better informed. I used to be annoyed when every spring I would get hit up by window replacement people for whole house replacement deals. Now it’s just sort of funny to talk with them and know my restored windows will be here for at least another 100 years. And geez, they just look so freaking good!