We realize that not many people are knowledgeable about the window restoration process, thus one of our goals is to inform and educate our customers about window restoration. We want to explain the knowledge of window restoration to you which is often ignored by typical new window salesmen. However, if you still have questions or comments, do not hesitate to call or e-mail us.
Can my restored windows be as energy-efficient as new replacement windows?
Yes, they certainly can! Restoring your windows will improve the air-tightness between the sashes and/or between the window frame and window opening. Furthermore, repairing the glazing and putty will further weatherize your windows by improving the air tightness between the glass panes of the window. Also, there is the option of installing Low E glass panes to your windows which will improve energy efficiency even further.
To back up our claims, please feel free to take a look at this study, http://www.homeenergy.org/archive/hem.dis.anl.gov/eehem/00/000711.html, which tested the energy efficiency of new windows versus restored windows.
Wouldn’t it be cheaper just to replace my windows than restore them?
Not at all. In fact, with the great cost of replacement units, it is usually much more cheaper to restore your existing wood or metal windows than replace them.
Your current windows are fitted and shaped to your home. Thus, replacing your windows can create complications in the process of installing replacement units. Most of the time the replacement units will not be an exact fit to your current window opening and will require adjustments and modifications. These adjustments and modifications can potentially compromise the fit of your windows and thus reduce the air-tightness and efficiency of the windows.
Furthermore, restored windows will have a much better aesthetic appearance than new windows. Many old or historical buildings have uniquely shaped windows that add to the character of the building. Modern units in such buildings do not look right and detract from the appearance or historical character of the building. Many of our projects are in fact landmarks or historical buildings in which the preservation of their appearance is crucial.
Will my restored windows last as long as new, replacement windows?
Yes. In fact, it can be argued that your restored windows will last longer than new replacement units. The reason being is that modern windows are mass-produced and thus of far lower quality than your original windows. Old windows are constructed from high-quality, dense wood that is not used anymore because of cost savings. Furthermore, old windows were build with a higher quality craftsmanship by skilled craftsmen. These windows were build one unit at a time with a precision and attention to detail that is no longer found in the modern production of windows. Todays windows are mass produced with lower quality wood and with lower quality standards to increase profit for window manufacturers.
Additionally, by restoring your windows you are choosing a sustainable route. Restoring your windows means that your old windows will not have to be disposed. Also, not buying replacement units means that materials and emissions to build the new units will not be used. Hence, restoring windows is a much more environmental friendly choice than buying replacement units.
Won’t replacement units pay for themselves with energy savings?
This is simply not true. High quality replacement units demand an expensive price. Thus, if you are going to go with low cost replacement units in order to cut down on costs, these windows do not perform as well and will end up having to be replaced sooner because of their lower quality.