I have been debating on replacing or repairing the windows in my old home (built 1885) for a while. I would like to save money and keep the originality by fixing up the old ones, but I would also love the more efficient and low maintenance replacements. Then I read the article "How to Repair Sash Windows"
At step 4, epoxy is applied to smooth the window frame and fill gaps/rot. Step 5 then says “wait another day” for the epoxy to cure. I realize that not all windows will need this, but I know some of mine will. Am I supposed to board up the window overnight, or just let the robbers have a free-for-all?
At step 8 after applying the putty you have to wait a week before priming the putty. Ok I can paint the frame, install the glass, reinstall the sash and paint the putty later, but it just seems like a hassle. And you still have to wait for the paint to dry anyway.
Now if I remove sashes from a couple of windows and board up the openings for a week while I restore the sashes, it will take me at least 11 weeks to repair all 34 windows in my house if I do 3 at a time working every day of the week. Afterward I will still be left with single pane windows and ugly storm windows that I will always have to maintain with fresh paint, fresh putty, etc. Plus I will still have to climb a ladder to wash the outside of the windows. Or I could install new windows by buying 3 or 4 a month when I have extra money and installing them in a couple hours for each window. I will be less work, but more expensive. But I will save on heating and cooling costs, have a significant outside noise reduction, will never have to repaint or re-glaze them, and can clean them from the inside.
Turnip, you don’t have to worry too much now either way because you have a grant and the work will be done for you, but if you keep the original windows you will always have to maintain them.