solutions for low quality replacement windows
My 1892 home in Connecticut was fitted with low grade vinyl replacement windows by a previous owner, probably in 2002 or 2003. They are ugly. They are also already failing. The weatherstripping is damaged or missing, the top and bottom sashes jam and are difficult to open and close, and they really don't seem to insulate very well. Some of them don't stay open. The vinyl seems to be brittle and pieces of trim have been breaking off.
I would love to get appropriate wood windows made, but this will be massively expensive.
Another option was to get good wooden storm windows made, which will help with the air infiltration issues I am having and cover up these ugly windows, and down the line when I can afford to get good windows I can continue to use the storms as well.
Any thoughts or advice would be much appreciated.