Advice needed on 60 year old windows
Our ranch house was built in the early 1950s, and has its original double hung, divided light windows, most 6/6, with a few 8/8. We added storm windows in the 1980s when we bought the house. Cleaning them is a major production; the windows look great for a few months but then are less than clean for the remainder of the year until I haul out the ladders and do it all again. I am so tempted to replace the windows for two reasons - the ease of cleaning with tilt in sashes, and taking advantage of the tax credit.
However, I really dislike the look of the fake muntins that are inside the glass, and would go with just a solid pane of glass in each of the sashes. Would that be a mistake, to sacrifice authenticity for ease of cleaning?? Would the look of the replacement windows compliment or detract from our ranch house? Are storm windows made better these days? Perhaps I should just replace those, but then I still have the same cleaning issues. I know that when I look out through my (now dirty) dining room windows, I really like the way some of the individual panes are rippled.
Anyone been there?