Replacement windows. I wouldnt do it again.
Many years ago I started replacing the windows on my old 1923-built house. IÂve been installing Marvin Tilt-Pac replacement sashes. I have 34 windows but only 22 will eventually be replaced. IÂve done 13 so far.
To MarvinÂs credit, the new sashes are well made and have been very easy to install. The problem is that they just donÂt look right on the old house. My old windows were single pane on the bottom sash and triple pane on the upper. The replacements are all single pane. In the beginning I tried the accessory grids that are available with these windows but the grids didnÂt stay put and sometimes were destroyed when the lower sash caught on them as the sash was being raised. Also, the new sashes have to be stained and painted.
If I were to start over again, IÂd look for exceptionally high-quality outer storm windows (insulated if available) and restore the old sashes. I would think that $200.00 (about the cost of a Tilt-Pac) could buy a pretty good storm window and yield about the same fuel savings as the new insulated windows.
IÂm just sounding off here. Every time I look out the window, IÂm reminded of my poor judgement in this project.