After a few years of proficiency in other materials such as PVC and aluminum, wood is returning strongly to be used for the manufacture of exterior carpentry in windows and doors. Its aesthetic qualities, together with the current trend of opting for natural and sustainable materials, making it a fantastic option for new buildings and housing renovations.
Wood, as a material for the manufacture of windows, has the great advantage of being an excellent thermal insulator. However, it is also a material that requires periodic maintenance in order to keep it in optimal conditions and avoid losing benefits.
When to restore your old wooden windows?
The decision to restore your old wooden windows or to replace them with new ones is not trivial and depends on the following factors:
Condition of deterioration
The first thing to do before restoring old wooden windows is to check the health of the wood and verify that the parts exposed to the outside are in good condition. Likewise, it will be essential to make sure that the sheets fit correctly into the frames. When the windows are relatively new or have been little mistreated by the inclemencies of the weather (cold, rain, sun ...), it is most likely that their restoration is feasible and only consists of polishing, painting, and varnishing. Otherwise, the restoration will be complex and may even not be advisable.
Type of glass
Many of the old wooden windows come equipped with simple glass, whose performance at the level of insulation is much lower than the current double glazing systems. And, beyond the aesthetic aspect, windows play a vital role in terms of saving energy in heating and cooling, in improving sound insulation and increasing the security of the home. In the case of old wooden windows with simple glass, we will have to measure the thickness of the sheets to know if we have enough space to adopt a glass with a camera.
"When the windows are out of square, do not give the option to change their glass or have serious insulation problems, it is best to opt to replace them completely."
Pondering the cost of restoring the windows versus buying new ones is always advisable. If for the restoration it will be enough to polish and paint, restoring will be a good option for short-term savings. In case the restoration also required the adaptation of the window to be able to incorporate double glasses with a camera, the difference in price would be quite close to the purchase of new ones.
"Although restoring a window is usually cheaper than replacing it with a new one, an optimal result in terms of thermal and acoustic insulation is not always achieved. This, in addition to generating comfort problems inside the home, also means a significant increase in household energy bills (electricity and gas) in the long term. "
Windows with historical/artistic value
Windows are a fundamental component of a facade. In doing to protect the rich historical legacy of our country, a good part of the facades of many buildings with architectural value is protected by law. Any reform to be carried out on them or any of their elements, including windows, must have the corresponding administrative authorization and usually entails the obligation to respect their aesthetics. In these cases, the option to install new windows will be non-existent, and restoration will be imperative. In the best case, you can choose to make a replica of them.
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