A common mistake when purchasing or redoing a vintage home is to needlessly replaced beautiful original wood windows. Keeping the original wood windows keeps the beauty and integrity of the home. I have been told it is very rare that the original wood windows are beyond restoration.
Think about it if you want a vintage home and all the original details are restored and/or intact and it has new vinyl or aluminum windows it would ruin the charm. It is also would be costly and time consuming to undo this blunder.
I hear that it will save on utility bills, too much cold air will get in, air conditioning will get out, warm air will get in, well with little restoration and storms these arguments are no longer valid. The price you would pay for replacements would take forever to recoup in utility bills.
So, on your vintage home if you are thinking about replacing those beautiful, old growth wood windows, JUST SAY NO!!
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