Windows-Making Clear Decisions


Progress on our building is happening at our new building and we are making pretty good strides.  We have quotes and timelines developed for asbestos removal and interior painting and now we are looking at the windows and need to make some clear decisions on what we should do.

Since the building is 90 years old, we are dealing with 90-year-old windows.  The positive is that they are in fairly good condition and we like the style.  The con is that they are still old windows and they do need some time and money invested in them.

Before we start shopping for new windows, we need to know what can be fixed or done to make the windows we have now more energy-efficient. Of course, replacing the old windows with new ones will lower our energy bills but it could take years to recoup the thousands we would spend on new windows and installation.

This last weekend we spent some time visiting with some window suppliers at the HBA home show.  We decided to get 3 bids and have the appointments booked.  When those are complete we will compare them to repairs, paint, re-glazing, and making new storms.


As you shop for houses and come across 10-15 year homes with casement windows be sure to spend some time opening and closing a few of them.  It is not uncommon that there can be moisture damage and repairs needed.   Inspect your windows for decay. A pro might be able to repair rot, jammed sashes, and broken parts. See signs that water has penetrated around the frame? The windows need to be removed and repaired before they rot. If the sashes stick, you can rub the bottom of a white candle against the bottom and sides of the window so it will slide better in the channel. If there’s condensation between layers of insulated glass, you’ll need to replace the sash or the window, which may be covered by your warranty.

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Dana Mirowski

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