Replace Windows or Repair
My 1970's vintage ranch home has wood sash windows. The wood is stained perfectly to match the trim throughout the house--dark walnut. The window sills are vinyl and pealing. The "guts" along the side of some of the windows are failing-either they won't stay up or they WILL stay up, but don't hang evenly. The ropes and mechanics are laying in the sill. Still others have a problem with the upper half of the window slipping down and hanging crooked. The "gases" in another window have caused the upper window pane to turn foggy. I long for the wood windows and wavy glass in my 1920's victorian that we left behind so we could live in this drab plain ranch with horrible windows. (Heavy sigh.) My question is... what are my options? What is the difference between a replacement window and a new window? Is repairing the existing windows an option? If I can repair the existing windows I don't have to worry about matching the wood stain.