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Window Restoration Is The Superior Choice Over Replacement
Many homeowners these days are working to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, finding hungry sales people lined up ready to offer expensive energy-saving products that promise to be the best ever. Replacements windows feature high on this list, especially in areas of older homes. Homeowners who have struggled with drafty windows that are difficult to open and close can often be easy marks, not realizing that their existing windows are likely repairable at a significantly reduced price. Moreover, once repaired, old windows generally outlast today's new windows by many years and are just as energy efficient.
There are many reasons why restoration of wood windows is the superior choice to replacement beyond the significant cost savings. One of them is that old wood windows are simply crafted better with superior materials. The mortise and tenon construction of older windows is extremely strong and durable, designed to last, and the reason they have done the job for so long already.
In addition to superior craftsmanship, old wood windows are made with old growth timber that is much more dense and weather resistant that the framed softwoods used in new windows today. Restoration can give them another 100 years of life, far outlasting the 10 to 30 lifetime of new, replacement windows.
Older windows fit the construction, expanding and contracting with the seasons. New replacement windows are rigid and unable to adapt to the movements and shifting of the structure. This frequently results in gaps opening up around the frames with the consequence of more drafts than were experienced with the original windows.
Many of today's replacement windows are made of PVC (poly vinyl chloride), a material that is a significant environmental and health concern. PVC emits gasses over time that have been associated with a number of health disorders, and should a home catch fire, burning PVC releases highly toxic levels of dioxin. Lead is also used in the manufacture of PVC.
Repaired and restored wood windows save 30 - 40% in energy costs. The primary losses of cooling and heating result from a lack of weather stripping, broken glass, and other small, easily repairable items. Energy impact field studies have shown that the first year savings between a replacement window and a restored wooden window was only $0.60. Clearly, restoration is the better financial choice.
Though sales people and marketing efforts for window replacement use environmental arguments for energy reduction to sell their products. However, the using and recycling of existing materials to repair and restore is the only truly "green" method of conservation. Restoration is done by local craftspeople using minimal materials while supporting the community and local economy. For the integrity of the home, the good of the environment, and the benefit of the bank balance, window restoration is the wise choice. Author Resource:- (http://www.windowsrepairedandrestored.com/) We will restore the functionality of your windows, including casement windows, at a fraction of the price it would cost to replace them.
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If you need windows fixed in your house, Doug at Windows Repaired & Restored is the person to call. We recently bought a 1951 Park Estates home with a total of 10 windows that would either not open (many years of being painted over) or would not stay open without a shim. In addition, the cold drafts kept our house like a refrigerator. Once I called, Doug came out to take a look at the work we needed done. He was very friendly, and he was full of wisdom about the ins and outs of old windows... He got back to me with an estimate within a day or so. I like supporting Long Beach business when I can, so going to a craftsman like Doug was good for me and the community. The work was clearly defined in writing, and basically provided a "tune up" and repair of all of our existing windows. Quoted work included: * Removal of all stops & sashes * Remove paint from friction surfaces * Lubricate all friction surfaces with wax * New sash balances & springs * New parting bead * New locks * Install weather-stripping On the day of work, Doug arrived on time with two very friendly and professional guys, who went over each window, telling me what they would do to remedy the problems. Good care was taken to cover our floors and furniture and they were off to work. A full 10 hour job! Every spot in the house where they worked was thoroughly cleaned up with a vacuum. It is absolutely wonderful to have the windows restored! No more propping up the window with a stick, and our windows remain true to the house. The windows are now airtight and I can open and close them with one finger. I'm glad I restored the original windows rather than replacing the windows with something new. Doug at Windows Repaired & Restored has an excellent quality of service and excellent customer service... very fair prices too. Five stars!!!
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