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.