Thursday, June 4, 2009

I'm still here!

I know I've been AWOL for quite a while now. I apologize. I've been pretty busy with work and evening review classes for my licensing exam and not focused enough to think of ideas of what to post. I promise I will try to post something this weekend! In the mean time Retro Renovation has a great post with a link to an article by the National Trust for Historic Preservation on window repair vs. replacement, here. I'm a big fan of old windows despite their problems and wish more people would take the time to fix their old windows rather than replace them. Old windows that are properly weatherstripped can be very energy efficient. Part of the reason we bought our house was because it still had it's beautiful old windows. I'm sure at some point I'll be cursing them while trying to strip off paint or repair a broken sash rope, but they add character to the house that no new window could come close to doing.

image credit: Tom Reichard

2 comments:

Bromeliad said...

I love old wavey glass. Nice to know it can be efficient, too.

Elissa said...

In an old house most heat is lost through drafts and the un-insulated walls and roof, the amount lost through the panes of glass is relatively minor. Not to say that it isn't lost there, but given the cost of replacement and the loss of character, you won't save much. Better to get good storm windows and or weatherstrip the windows to cut down on the drafts.

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