07:13AM | 06/21/07
Member Since: 06/20/07
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We have purchased a turn of the century house that has 80-90 windows that are most likely original from the time period. We are so torn between replacing with vinyl replacement windows or restoration. I know the windows would be beautiful restored, but I am not sure it is possible. Most all of the windows have been painted shut throughout the years. I have tried using a knife, pry bar, heat gun, but it looks like they are not moving anywhere fast. So, any advise on replacing and losing that vintage charm or restoration some other way?


09:58AM | 06/21/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
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There are a number of different option for replacement windows other than Vinyl.

All of the following can be made in custom sizes. Wood, AL or vynil clad wood, figerglass.

However, I don't know now easy it would be duplicate the mutins (grids). Might need to find a small specialty shop that makes wood windows.

But true restoration is more than just unsticking windows.

They will remove the sash and depending on the condition completely rebuilt them including install new weather stripping.


05:53PM | 06/27/07
Member Since: 05/13/05
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Personally, I would not even consider replacing those windows.

First I would do a good bit of research on window restoration before going too far.

Those windows are well worth saving.


10:38AM | 06/30/07
Member Since: 06/29/07
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My windows have been in my home since the 80's. Some of them have broken window sills, therefore they need replacing. I have a bay window that is 9 ft. wide that needs repair. Do you believe I should replace with a different style window or only replace



01:13PM | 07/13/07
Member Since: 04/28/06
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Well spoken Oberon. Sometimes it doesn't even occur to people in the industry that restoring windows is a viable option.


1. You want to as much as possible preserve the historical authenticity and charm of the home.

2. You don't mind the hassle of washing windows from the outside, and washing storms windows. (Decide if you want to keep the old storms, or replace them with wood, alunimum or vinyl storms)

3. You don't have excessive condensation issues and the comfort level in the home seems fine with the existing single glazing with storms.

4. The windows are not badly rotted.

By restoring the windows you can make them (somewhat) more airtight, work easier, spiffy & clean, and BEAUTIFUL.


1. You want them to be significantly more energy efficient.

2. Low maintenance (you could get a clad exterior with a wood interior).

3. Have windows that tilt in for cleaning.

4. Possibly eliminate the exterior storm window and have a screen only (but this somewhat changes the look).

5. Have better sound blockage, potentially easier to operate windows, and greatly reduced fading from the sun through the glass.

6. If you can afford it and are willing to do so.

If you replace them, I'd recommend not removable grilles, not metal grilles between the glass, but instead get permanent non-removable simulated divided lites. The muntin bars are always clean and sharp-looking, never need painting on the exterior, and can be made in the identical pattern that you currently have on your home. They would be pretty costly though. Removable grilles generally cost about $4 per pane, and permanent non-removable lites about $15-$25 per lite depending on the brand. For non-rectangle shaped lites like yours, it's maybe an extra $15-$25 per rectangle lite plus $40-$50 per curved lite, PLUS the cost of the window and installation. So it can add up. Attached is a simple picture of a new replacement window with simulated divided lites instead of removable grilles.


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