Virginia Wooden Window Maker
Leaky and inefficient windows, skylights, and glazed doors account for more than 25 percent of the average household’s energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. You can cut energy costs by as much as 15 percent by buying windows with double-pane insulated glass, heat-resistant coatings, airtight frames, and/or Energy Star ratings. Naturally, our green inner child aspires to do our fair share in preserving our environment… not to mention our wallets. Saving a bundle on utility costs and receiving a bundle back from Uncle Sam seemed like a delightful no – brainer for many thousands. For them, wasting valuable time and money by putting off needed home improvements was simply no longer an option. Thousands of others, however, remained skeptical and are still putting off the inevitable. Perhaps they just aren’t convinced that their windows really need replacing. Or maybe, they just don’t know which window company to trust or even where to begin.
A Reputation for Historic Wooden Windows
Although there are many fine reputable window manufacturers to choose from, homeowners also need to beware of start-up companies or companies who are taking shortcuts. Of course, all companies were start-up companies at one time. Nevertheless, new figures from Insolvency Journal reveal that four companies a day went belly up in the first seven months of 2010, up 22% from the same time in 2009. We’ve seen window companies go out of business, change their names, and reopen. We’ve seen companies like Republic and Kensington declare bankruptcy, potentially leaving customers holding the bag with worthless warranties and un-serviced windows. We’ve seen no fewer than 17 major window manufacturing corporations file for Chapter 11 in the last 3 years.
Wooden Windows are Expensive
Especially using the highest grade materials using solid wood joinery. 150 or 200 years ago when your historic home was built they held to the highest standards they knew as a matter of pride in their work and their craftsmanship. Sure your windows are worn and maybe worn out, but 100 plus years proves the quality and integrity of that craftsmanship. We have seen warped an worn vinyl windows stuck in their frames within a year or two of placement in the direct Virginia Sun. Wood insulates very well and while it does require yearly maintenance – properly cared for they will last longer than most modern materials.
Aesthetic Beauty of Wooden Windows
Wood is durable. Wood is stable. Wood is warm. Wood breathes. Wood is beautiful. Wood feels nice. Wood is honest.
Wood windows have that classic and rustic feel to them due to their material. Different shades of wood styled in the antiquated ways similar to old houses help homeowners to replace old windows freely. With wood window replacements, frequent maintenance and adjustment can easily be done by homeowners. Certain window types give off different atmospheres. Wood windows give off a classic vibe that can match any old home without looking out of place.