Never, never, never throw away old windows.... old-house windows were built of higher-grade wood than what is available today, and were designed to be endlessly rebuilt.
Question #1: Assuming this assertion by architect Matthew Cummings AIA has merit..... why isn't such high-grade wood available today? Are the trees from which it came extinct? What would these trees or wood have been called (in the United States)? Or did it have more to do with how the trees were milled? What is the highest quality of wood available today (new wood, not reclaimed)?People replace 200-year-old windows with new vinyl ones that are guaranteed for five years. They are made of oil products and evil gases and soon their useful life is over and they end up in the landfill. Old windows are made of clean wood and glass, and, once rebuilt, are good for another 200 years
Question #2: Do you agree with the architect's assertion? Is this a widely held belief? If you've restored a centenary+ home, which route did you (or the owners) choose? Our partially restored Victorian was built in 1890 and "showcases" (cough, cough... tortures us with) around 40 windows. Is it better to restore the old or usher in the new?
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