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The restoration of wooden windows, especially old ones, is a controversial topic for specialists and ordinary customers. Some consider the restoration unprofitable since the installation of new plastic structures is not much more expensive. Others, on the contrary, think that it is worth giving a good solid wooden window a second chance. Let’s try to study in more detail this topic and understand why the restoration of wooden windows can be an equally good and bad idea.
The proponents of plastic windows overstate the cost of the restoration. In practice, even ordering Good Window Works at a construction company, you will pay 1.5-2 times less. The difference can reach up to 100% if you repair 3-5 windows at once.
The second misconception is that people believe that PVC windows are nice and modern. In fact, this is not entirely true: plastic is still an indicator of poverty, while good wooden alternatives vice versa. People with good taste order only wooden windows and not plastic alternatives, which are so actively promoted by many corporations.
The third misconception is that PVC windows last 50 years. It is a marketing slogan. In fact, not a single plastic window will serve that long. Normal service life for plastic is 15-20 years. After this period, it is better to change or repair them. In fact, the repair of plastic windows may be required much earlier — after 7-10 years.
The main misconception is the belief that a wooden window can “breathe”. In fact, the airing effect with a closed wooden window occurs due to the presence of cracks through which air passes from the street. As soon as rubber insulation is installed, this effect instantly disappears.
The second misconception is that the restoration can be done by yourself. Many believe that it is possible to restore windows without involving specialists, making the restoration 2-3 times cheaper. However, this job is not so simple. For restoration work, you will need a range of special tools and experience to work with them. This set of tools will cost a fortune. But even if all the necessary tools are available, the probability of correct repair without experience tends to zero.
If the old wooden windows are in good condition and are made of high-quality wood, then it makes sense to restore them. The cost of the work will be less, but the result will be good, and such windows will serve for a very long time. But the poor-quality constructions do not make much sense to restore. It is better to replace them with alternatives. Conscientious craftsmen should not restore such windows if it is not profitable for the client. So, read about the recent projects of the company before ordering a restoration. Good luck!