Everything You Need to Know About Window Replacement in An Old House

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There is something unique about old structures. From charming fixtures to high ceilings, to the robust wood doors and floorboards and anything in between, the century homes are an appealing sight to behold. But, with all that, these homes can give you a hard time when it comes to old and failing elements such as doors and windows. In this case, you want to consider door and window replacement to make them hold well and serve you for more years while enjoying your stay in them. Don't forget you will also cut your energy utility bills considerably by considering to replace the windows and doors.

But, sometimes, this doesn't come easily. For instance, you might find it difficult to know the extent at which the windows have damaged the surrounding wall, and whether you need window replacement or just repair. Of course, if correctly installed, strong windows can serve you for several centuries, but the truth remains, nothing lasts forever. So, do thing this is the right time to do something on your windows? Here are crucial things you should be aware of, something which we compiled with the help of Peel Heating.

  1. Is It Worth It to Replace A 150-Year Old Windows?

The truth is that the windows that were manufactured in the 1950s will be better compared to any window you can find in the market. They are made from a robust clean wood, and if taken care of well, they can serve you for many years. However, that is not what always happens.

Some old windows might be in poor condition due to poor maintenance, and hence, pose a danger to inhabitants of the house. Of course, that is not the only problem they might pose to homeowners. However, whether you need to replace those units or not, depends on the condition they are, your personal preferences and effects they have on the security of your home.

So, when should you say enough is enough and consider windows replacement? Here are some signs:

  1. Rotting Walls.

If the windows have some gaps that allow moisture to get into the walls. With time that can lead to significant damage. Compromising the structural integrity of your house can make weak and easier to be knocked down by other weather elements such as strong windows and storm.

Unfortunately, the rot that occurs between the walls and the windows isn’t easy to identify and can go unnoticed for a couple of years. The best way to identify this rot is by scrapping the windows altogether.

  1. Aesthetic Considerations.

You might have done some repairs, but there is no much change since whatever you do is brought down by the old windows. If you want to make your home appear more appealing, then getting off those old units and doing window replacement could be a solution. Windows have a great impact on the general aesthetic of your home, and you cannot improve it without changing them if they are old.

  1. Average Cost of Window Replacement.

So, if you have decided to carry out windows replacement, how much should you set aside for your project? Well, this is going to depend on many things. For instance, the size, style, material, and whether you are doing full-frame or retrofit installation will impact the total cost of your project.

Generally, we expect to have at least $400 to $600 on vinyl replacement units. These are so far the best windows and can serve you for approximately 40 years. They don't involve a lot of decorative elements because they are constructed for functionality and cost-efficiency.

If you want to retain the appeal of your old home, then you should opt for wood window replacement. Each unit installation will cost you anywhere between $750-$1000, so they are costly compared to vinyl units. This is because wood is not readily available, but you will retain the appeal and the warmth of your home.

Another thing that we should mention here is that wood is the best style to use in case you are replacing bigger window units such as picture or bay windows. This is because it is a good-weight bearer. They also support the weight of your home thanks to their robustness. However, don't go ahead and replace your windows before calling a professional to inspect your home.



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Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

I love old houses except for their insulation value!

Some old windows might be in poor condition due to poor maintenance, and hence, pose a danger to inhabitants of the house. Whether you need to replace those units or not, depends on the condition they are, your personal preferences and effects they have on the security of your home.

Aug 20, 2019 06:24 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, David Jackson, MBA old homes are sometimes like a crap shoot... you never know what you'll find once you start tearing apart.... one job often leads to another that was unexpected....

Aug 20, 2019 06:31 AM #2
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello David,  Great information to know about old homes and one that we can all learn from


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