I’m always looking at houses while driving and when I saw this house I thought it would be a great chance to compare old wood windows to replacement windows.
Besides being a nice house this is a great example since you have matching windows to compare to. Unfortunately this house is in the process of installing bad vinyl replacement windows.
Notice the two side wings of this house.
The left side retains the three original wood windows but the right side has three vinyl replacement windows.
Here they are close up – click to enlarge.
- Center window is original, six-over-one, true divided light, partially concealed by a storm window.
- Side windows are also six-over-one true divided light, but without storm window
- Side windows are smaller and window lights (panes) are also smaller than the center window but the pattern is maintained. This gives the center window prominence over the side windows.
- Center window is a replacement with six-over-one flat plastic grills.
- Side windows are replacements with large four-over-one plastic grills.
- Side windows are smaller but lights are larger than the center window, and larger than the original side windows they are replacing.
This window configuration the center window should have hierarchy and prominence over the smaller side windows. This is created by having smaller sized window lights (panes) in the smaller windows.
The replacement window does the opposite.
It actually works against the hierarchy and harmony the window configuration should have. This is a bad design.
Additionally the replacement windows are merely plastic grills. Wood true divided light windows provide nice sharp shadow lines that give windows character and interest. Vinyl grills provide a painted on look that is flat with no shadows.
Window sales people do not know or care about proper design.