Making Old Windows perform like New Windows or Window Renewal
A common goal of old windows replacement is to make them efficient as new window and sill look old. Below you will find three strategies for that end on 100 year old double hung windows.
Our renewal expert will be Jason Weber. Jason's mom and dad have run the Encore (608/873-0971) just West of Cambridge Wisconsin most of Jasons's life, so he knows the restoration and renewal game from years of experience.
1. The Old Window Paradigm.
This house has red decorative moldings above the sashes. This gives the old Victorian a distinct look, but also makes it hard to duplicate. We will begin with the easy installation of new window technology and move to a complete old window looking new window in the laundry room.
2. Single Sash replacement for very narrow windows.
The box bay window has very narrow sides (less than 18 inches). It is never opened, for opening would afford little ventilation. Here Jason bought 2 new insulated glass units, with Lo E coating and argon gas filled. He further modernized his glass package with a super spacer. This makes the perimeter of the glass about 7 degrees warmer in the winter than the old aluminum spacers.
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These glass units, when installed in a sash, went from the bottom of the sill to the top of the header. They cost little money (less than $100 for each opening) and look very good.
3. Double Hung Replacement Windows for the normal sashes.
Now Jason had to deal with the leaky 100 year old larger sashes. He took replacement double hung vinyl windows and installed them in the larger openings Notice all the decorative red scroll work is retained.
4. Double Hung New Window that looks old
The laundry was very dark even on a bright sunny day, so somebody suggested making a hole in the wall and installing a new window. Jason was able to frame to code and copy the decorative molding for above the outside view. "It took two days, but it looks just like the old windows and keeps the house as warm as brand new windows because it is!
For Old World look to New World windows
Call Dave Paul