This is a complicated topic for me.
I love old glass. I love how it melts and distorts and changes the view. I love the kaleidoscope effect it has as I look through the window while walking across the room.
I love old wood. I love the character of it, the chips and splinters. I love the energy it absorbs over the decades, and how it radiates warmth to the touch.
I love classic styles. And I abhor plastic.
When we moved in, I wanted to repair the windows. Preserve the classic beauty and style of wood sash windows. How can I buy a 120-year-old house and install vinyl windows? How could I not maintain the integrity of the architectural style?
I wanted to know every alternative to vinyl windows. I talked to everyone that had them, and everyone that didn’t. I saw the cheaper vinyl windows that were falling apart. I saw the high-end vinyl windows with disappearing screens. And to this day, as I’m walking through the neighborhood, I study the houses with them, and without.
Windows aren’t normally cost-effective to change. Energy-saving guides don’t recommend changing the windows as a first step toward insulating the home.
But then again, they haven’t seen my windows.
What do you think of vinyl windows on an old house? Tacky?