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Tricks to Extend the Lifespan of Your Windows

Buying new windows for your home is a major purchase. Luckily though, it isn't something that needs to be done often. However, few people realize that there are a few tips and tricks that can help you extend the lifespan of your new windows. My husband and I recently bought new windows and I wanted to make sure I got the most out of them, which is how I came across these tricks. I spent a lot of time researching and learning about them, so I decided to create a website to help others who may be looking for the same information. I hope this helps you.

Tricks to Extend the Lifespan of Your Windows

Repairing Antique Windows

by Bradley Castillo

Did your glass flow to the bottom of the window?

If you live in a historic or Victorian era home, you may have noticed that the glass in your windows is heavier at the bottom than at the top. The reason for this is usually thought to be the glass "flowing" to the bottom of the window over time, but this is impossible, and is instead can be attributed to a manufacturing defect.  Antique glass panes were almost impossible to be made flat as they were poured into molds or blown into spheres. The thicker part was then oriented towards the bottom of the frame.

Most antique windows are suspended with a rope system on the sides of the pane. Over time, these ropes can become worn out and they will not support the window properly. You may have noticed that you have to put something, like a stick or book, in your older windows to hold them open so they won't crash down under their own weight. It may partly be because of the older glass being heavier at the bottom, but most likely it's because the ropes suspending the windows need to be replaced.

Replacing window ropes

The ropes in antique windows work using weights, stops, parting beads and sashes. To fix your windows, you just need to purchase new sash rope. You can reuse the weights and stops that are already in the window. You can have someone from a home repair store fix the ropes for you, or there are many DIY tutorials online.

Replacing antique glass

If the glass in your window is cracked, it will be necessary to replace the entire window. It is not recommended that you replace the old glass with modern glass. There are many companies that specialize in making new "old" glass. These companies use the old methods of glass manufacturing so that your new pane of glass will have the same wave effect of your other windows.

Making antique windows energy efficient

Your old windows may be beautiful, but they are probably not very energy efficient. A simple and cost effective way to weather proof your windows and save money on your electric bill is to add interior storm windows. You can add interior storm windows made out of glass, acrylic, or polycarbonate. By making your windows double pane rather than single, you can preserve the look of your antique windows and save money by adding the extra layer of insulation.

Contact a company like Distinctive Siding & Window to learn more.