Visit your landfill

Go to your landfill. Look at the glass area. You will see wood windows that could have been restored. But you also will see replacement windows that have failed. The short-sightedness of this type of replacement investment is often overlooked. Think twice before getting your “money’s worth.” Consider first one estimate by Donovan Rypkema, historic preservation specialist, that 30% of the time a replacement window will be replaced within 10 years. This is damning testimony that suggests we should put the brakes on the disposability trend. That includes the question of our socio-economic role for growth or community when we don’t hire skilled, local tradespeople to restore.

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