Save the Windows While window manufacturers are happy to sell you a new vinyl replacement windows, we would like you to consider the benefits of improving your existing wood windows in two ways: weather sealing, and adding a quality storm window. Older homes lose more heat through un-insulated walls and roofs than through windows. So, as you contemplate improving your home’s overall energy efficiency (starting, hopefully, with a comprehensive energy assessment), insulating your roof and walls is likely the best first step, and air sealing is the next best step. Addressing the efficiency of your windows is also an important action toward improving your home’s overall comfort and energy usage. We believe that, in most cases, tuning up your existing double-hung windows is a first good step Old double-hung windows are an important character-defining feature of your home. In many cases, original double-hungs have lasted more than 100 years and, with some tender loving care, they will likely last another hundred. By maintaining your existing windows, you will keep the architectural integrity of your home’s original design intact. Tuning up your existing windows can be a homeowner-friendly project. With some basic training, which we are happy to supply, a handy homeowner can weatherstrip his or her windows and add a storm window.
There are 3 levels of energy tune-up • Upton’s millwork Air/weather seal kit. This kit is a DYI kit that most home owner can do. • Replacing the old weight lift system with integrated sash balance mortised into the sides of the sashes. This allows you to remove the weights from the pockets and insulate them. • Replacing your old single pane window wood sash with our newly designed dual pane sash. These sashes are designed to slip right into the old frame. Great DYI project. End Result The end result of properly tuned-up windows is a complete system that maintains the architectural integrity of your home’s original design and that is every bit as energy efficient, if not more so, than a new replacement vinyl window which often detracts from your home’s design integrity.