It’s cost-effective to restore. Full restoration typically costs slightly less than the best, high-end replacements and that’s true even if you don’t consider which one is more lasting. But that assessment is important particularly in our disposable-prone society. Replacements are what they say: replacements; built to be replaced, again and again, and again. The National Trust for Historic Preservation estimates that the time period to recover the cost of replacement windows with installation through energy savings may take 40 years. That’s too long if you consider the fact that even the best replacements may last 20-25 years.
The hidden cost of replacement windows
A word from our customers
Our customers are so proud and thrilled that they decided to restore their windows. Here's what they say:
Neil Mozer brings old windows back to life by restoring the beauty of their historic glass and making them work for you again. He’s done three projects in my home in Takoma Park over the years. Am I glad I spent the extra for his skill? Just every day I open, close or look out through those windows. In Washington’s climate, I’d encourage anyone with old wooden windows to give it a try. Take it bit-by-bit as we did, maybe one room at a time to see what I am talking about. The energy savings are real. Better to pay Pepco or reward a local craftsman? But the great joy for me is the beauty of seeing something old come alive again and work as it should. You don’t see a lot of that today. Yes, it costs more and takes time and planning while the window is away. But I’ve seen the invoices. Your dollars will be paying for craft and a ton of local labor to do the job right and make something work. That’s a good investment in any time but especially given our current state.