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?
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.
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