Old houses and nostalgic charm go hand in hand, but along with appealing touches like intricate woodwork, hardwood floors, and tucked-away alcoves comes an inevitable draftiness. Owners of old houses regularly complain about gusts of wind that blow through creaky windows, moving curtains as if by ghostly hand and giving the home’s residents a quick chill. If you thought that shelling out for expensive replacement windows was the only way to make your home airtight, you may be interested to learn about a new option that can insulate and weatherproof your existing windows while preserving their beauty.
A window restoration company that has serviced old houses and historic buildings in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, for decades has distilled their process into a new kit that can help homeowners nationwide preserve their old windows. The Window SLIP system from Chosen Wood Window Maintenance involves fastening a slim-line insulating pane (SLIP) to the sash, overlaying an existing window glass setup to reduce drafts and add insulating value to old wood windows. These new panes come in clear, obscure, or low-e options and, thanks to their unobtrusive, low-profile design, they won't change the look or function of your windows.
Now that you know about this solution for single pane windows, take some time to consider the current state of your windows. Are you happy with their performance? To evaluate them, look for these five symptoms of failing windows, then learn how this one upgrade can remedy them.