REPLACEMENT VS. RESTORATION
ITEMS TO CONSIDER AND BENEFITS OF REPLACING VS. RESTORING:
- The cost of new windows is often less than restoration, and the end product is superior.
- The cost of field labor (high) vs. factory labor (usually much lower).
- Often, old windows appear sound, but are warped or corroded and non-functional.
- Field welding of small pieces often leaves rough appearance and difficult glazing areas.
- New windows are always properly fitted with the vent fitted to the frame. Field fitting of a new vent to an old frame is often impossible, even if vent is dimensionally sized correctly.
- New windows often use the exact same section, as that used decades ago, and achieve the exact same sightlines and appearance.
- Specifications normally require sections to be continuous from jamb to jamb and head to sill, with the muntins being interlocked. Piecemeal welding and adding of small sections violate this requirement.
- New windows can have coatings and finishes vastly superior to those applied in the field over older degraded windows.
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