Advertisements about window replacement are everywhere, from web searches to the local newspaper to fliers in your mailbox. Lost in the marketing shuffle is a tried-and-true, common-sense solution that allows you to save energy (and money) while preserving your home’s older wood windows: weather stripping plus a high-quality storm window.
Tuning up older windows and adding a storm yields energy efficiency levels comparable to those of replacement windows. A study done in Vermont found that “replacing a window solely due to energy considerations did not appear to be worthwhile.”
Tuning up your existing older windows and adding a storm has numerous advantages:
- Restored, old-growth-wood windows that are 100 years old can last another 100 years when properly maintained.
- You will preserve the original design of your home.
- Your usable windows will not end up adding to the solid waste stream.
- You can save money by installing the storm windows yourself. (BBR also provides installation services -- the choice is yours.)
“Old House Guy” blogger Ken Roginski agrees: “Adding storm windows is a less costly investment and, more importantly, you save your original windows (and the beauty of your house . . .). You will not be responsible for adding to the landfill and destroying our planet.”
Boston Building Resources is offering sale prices on Harvey Tru-Channel storm windows during October (5% off). Plus, October orders will beat a price increase scheduled to take effect in November. It’s a great time to take your windows by storm.
See also this article on Houzz about window restoration versus replacement.