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Frequently Asked Questions
- Why should I choose wooden windows?
- Don't wooden windows require a lot more maintenance than vinyl or aluminum windows?
- Aren't double (or triple) glazed windows more thermally efficient than old fashioned single glazed windows?
- Do your windows and door prices include hardware?
- Do you use putty or wood stops in your windows?
- Doesn't putty deteriorate and need replacement?
- What type of lift system do you use for your double hung window units?
- Do your prices include painting or staining?
- Do your prices include installation?

 


Why should I choose wooden windows?
Traditional wooden windows are usually the right choice for an older home. They provide much of the visual interest, as well as a sense of warmth, beauty and quality for any home. Wood is one of the best insulators, far better than aluminum or vinyl. Wooden windows provide lasting quality for your home.
Don't wooden windows require a lot more maintenance than vinyl or aluminum windows?
Wooden windows do require maintenance, as do vinyl and aluminum windows, but the beauty of wood windows is that they can be maintained to last for centuries. They can be simply and economically repaired. Vinyl and aluminum windows are difficult to repair and are usually replaced (at greater cost). It is almost always more feasible to retain and repair wooden windows than to replace them with metal examples or plastic alternatives. Studies in Great Britain have shown that replacement of original features with inappropriate modern substitutes can reduce the value of the house.
Aren't double (or triple) glazed windows more thermally efficient than old fashioned single glazed windows?
Well, maybe. You have to be careful that you are comparing apples to apples. A traditional single glazed movable sash has a lower R-value than double glazed insulated glass BUT that same traditional single glazed sash with a storm window has a greater thermal efficiency than the double glazed insulated glass. This is because the optimum spacing between sheets of glass is 3/4" to 3". A well made storm window over a single glazed window will reduce window heat losses by over 50%. To quote B.C. Hydro: " It should be noted that properly installed storm windows are more thermally efficient than many sealed double-glazed windows and as storm windows are usually less expensive than replacement windows, they probably constitute the best investment value for retrofit applications."
Do your windows and door prices include hardware?
Windows include specific solid brass hardware. Bronze weather stripping is included on casement windows and doors. Pre-hung door units include hinges and head and foot bolts if appropriate.
Do you use putty or wood stops in your windows?
Putty on single glazed units; wooden stops on thermal glazed units.
Doesn't putty deteriorate and need replacement?
Typically putty will outlast wooden stops. However, thermal units can be prone to failure and the wooden stops facilitate replacement of the thermal units.
What type of lift system do you use for your double hung window units?
Counter weights with pulleys. The sash can be hung on chains, ropes or spiral balances. (These are built as traditional double hung windows.)
Do your prices include painting or staining?
All products except mouldings are available primed or natural. Your painter will do the finish paint or stain.
Do your prices include installation?
Most pricing is freight on board Vintage Woodworks Inc.. However we do install storm windows in the greater Victoria area. Commercial window work, which usually involve larger brick buildings, is price according to the client requirements.

 

6701 Oldfield Road, Sannichton, BC V8M 2A1 - Toll Free 1-866-833-4777 Tel: 778.351.3151 - Fax: 778.351.3155
email: info@vintagewoodworks.ca
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