Thursday, October 1, 2009
Still put off by what I perceived to be flimsy vinyl windows (please don't hate me if you have vinyl windows, I know that they are good windows, I just was not impressed with them), I bit the bullet and ordered the Pella Impervia windows which you can see in the picture. I have never once regretted buying these windows. I really feel that the extra investment was worth it, especially since I plan to be in this house for a long time (unless the perfect house comes on the market, which I haven't found yet - and I've kept my eyes open to current listings). The hardest thing to get used to was the fact that the wood was gone on the windows and the frames on the inside are now white.
Such a pricey window may be overkill for such a small house, especially one that probably wouldn't see the return on the investment if I were to sell it, but I don't regret the choice. If you are looking to replace your windows in your mid-century house, I recommend the following. 1) Check your original windows over carefully and see if there is a way to make them more energy efficient, such as adding new storm windows. 2) Take your time and look at many different windows. It took me a long time to pick the windows that I have. This is an investment for the house that will most likely outlast you, and it should be a good one made on well-informed decision making. 3) Do everything that you can to retain the original look and character of your house and the original windows. The original windows are part of the character of your house and should you replace them, you want to retain that character.
Whatever you choose for your house, you will most likely be living with the choice for a long time. Sometimes it is better to wait and save up for what you really want instead of rushing into purchasing something. You will be much happier in the end. Good luck with your restoration!
Posted by Missouri Michael at 6:00 AM