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Why replacing windows is not one of them
Published on Dec 29, 2011

Even in these days of belt tightening, installing replacement windows remains a virtual mania among homeowners. Take a walk through any suburb built before 1980, and you may find that half the houses no longer have their original windows. Alas, the usual replacements -- extruded PVC or "vinyl" windows -- are dismayingly easy to spot, what with their wavy, cellophane-like glass and glaring white plastic frames. Considering the impact window replacement can have on your home's appearance, it shouldn't be taken lightly. To wit: The last big window-replacement fad happened during the 1960s, when that era's perceived "modern" upgrade -- sliding aluminum windows -- were retrofitted to countless traditional homes, from Victorians to bungalows. The aesthetic fallout from this campaign is still painfully obvious in many old neighborhoods. In retrospect, of course, aluminum sliders installed in a traditional home are rightly seen as a glaring anachronism, and fre...

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