Time to get started on restoring the old windows. There are a lot of advantages to restoring your old wooden windows rather than having them replaced with new vinyl windows. The main reason is, your wooden windows were made for your house. If you replace them with something “off the shelf” they just won’t look right and will throw off the visual harmony of your house’s original design. Secondly, your wooden windows have lasted for 100 years, or more (because they are made from “old growth” lumber). Vinyl windows won’t last a fraction of that. Thirdly, a good, tight wooden window in combination with a good storm window will give you just as good (if not better) energy efficiency as a new vinyl window. If you have old windows that are still in good condition, please, please, PLEASE try and save them before sending them to the dump. Do some research online, if you don’t believe me. You’ll regret it a few years down the road, when your new vinyl windows are not working as they were when they were installed, or if there’s moisture caught in between the double layers of glass…
Pictured above is the top right sash. This is the pane that the previous owners had newspaper stuck in the broken part to keep the cold out. The lower part of the frame was also separated from the side.
This is the bottom right sash. It’s in pretty good shape, but has a lot of paint on it.
Shot of the sash lock.
This is the top left sash. Lots of over spray when they painted the house white many years ago…
The bottom left sash. This one has some weathering at the bottom, but not too bad.
Detail of the receiver part that the sash lock part fits into to secure the closed.
All of the hardware removed from the sash frames.