Historic vs. Wood Replacement

Homeowners of older houses may be faced with the question: Should we remove our old windows and replace them with new, supposedly more energy efficient units? Window manufacturers generally advocate for replacement since they are in the business of making and selling new windows. But you should look at the issue closely and find out the facts before taking any action.

A wood window made a hundred years ago may still have a long life ahead due to the fine first-growth timber of which it is made. Simply refitting a window that has become loose in its frame over time may solve the problem of excess heat loss and storm windows are a great way to make the existing original window more efficient without permanently altering it.

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The Cleveland Restoration Society can help answer your window questions. Call (216) 426-3116 for more information.