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new sashes, maybe

Posted by Dave on August 11th, 2000 09:34 AM
In reply to Window Repair by Nicole on August 10th, 2000 10:25 PM [Go to top of thread]

I agree with the other guys to some extent - just keep the windows as they are if they're in good shape. You can add weather stripping, etc...

I saw on a rerun of Home Again this week where the sash weights were replaced with spring-loaded rails (But they did not turn the windows into 'tilt-windows'.) .. This was on Bob Villa's own house, by the way. Changing the weights for the springs made it possible to insulate the cavities where the weights were - which improved the energy efficiency of the house. But it looked like a pain in the arse to do that to every window - you'd probably want to hire someone to do it just to save your sanity.

You can also have new, wood window sashes custom made to fit in the existing frames. The advantage being that they can be argon-filled & double paned. But they're expensive (avg $800 per window - for good ones) and won't look as good as the old windows. (They're probably installed with springs instead of sash weights, also.) Depending on your community, you may be zoned such that you cannot replace the windows with anything but wood frames.

Do you have storm windows?

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