Questions about Vinyl Jamb Liners for This Situation
I live in a 1913 house originally built as a duplex and now a condo. My unit is on the second floor. In the living room and dining room I have "cottage" or "oriel" windows, with a huge lower sash (47" tall) and tiny upper sash (20" tall). In researching new storm/screen windows, I found out that if they are sized to fit the meeting rail, it would not be possible to remove the storms/screens from the inside because they'd be so large and wouldn't clear the sill--you just can't maneuver them to pull them out. The only solution is to put new vinyl jamb liners/tilt packs in these windows. Once the sashes are tilted in, it would then be possible to remove the storms/screens through the opening. The original sashes, by the way, are in great condition and do not need to be replaced.
I would rather not do the jamb liners but in this situation it seems to be the only solution. I've consulted with a couple of old window restoration people about the matter. Frankly, the idea of being able to clean my windows from the inside--rather than pay someone to go up on a ladder twice per year--is very attractive to me. What concerns me more than the aesthetics, however, is whether or not I'll really be able to tilt the windows in. I've heard that it is actually very difficult and awkward to do. First, has anyone done the jamb liners? Second, what is your experience with them? Again, I would love to avoid doing this, but I don't seem to have a choice. Thanks.