Replacement Windows? JUST SAY NO!!!!

Real Estate Agent with Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty

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in, air conditioning will get out, warm air will get in, well with little restoration and storms these arguments are no longer valid.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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Comments (2)

Greg Hampton
Re/Max Around The Mountains - Blue Ridge, GA
North Georgia Mountain Property,Blue Rid

Window repairs are not always the most expensive option, but they are best choice when it can work!

May 16, 2008 03:51 PM
Kristen Blanchet
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
CDPE, SRES, Broker Associate, MA & NH

I sold a beautiful Victorian home a couple years ago and the owners actually asked me if they should replace the windows before putting the house on the market. They had gorgeous original windows and I couldn't believe they were even considering it! I convinced them against it and they were definitely considered a bonus to the new buyers!

May 16, 2008 04:02 PM