(The above image is in the mid-stage of replacement before the outside was finished)
I HAVE WINDOWS! I just cannot gush enough about how amazing it is to not just be done, but to have these windows instead of the old ones.
The crew finished up around 4 yesterday afternoon and I had nearly everything put back together by bedtime. I still have a few window coverings that I need to remount and then I’ll need to install all the new blinds, but they won’t be here until next week. Other than that, my house is pretty much back to the way it should be.
In so many ways I dreaded and looked forward to this project. I really kind of thought the whole process would be more trying than it was. I’m stupidly picky when it comes to quality and workmanship. When we had work done last year (chimney repair, 1 new window and paint job), I was pretty upset by the joke that company called quality. So much so that I ended giving up on arguing with them and just did the interior painting on the new window myself after sanding off the mess they created. On this project, though, I honestly had pretty much nothing at all to say or correct with this crew. I’ve never had that happen before. Ever.
Besides removing the worry of leakages and rot or if I’ll have a window blow off the house (which were huge worries because we had them all happen), the thing I love the most about the new windows is that I now have literally every window except one able to open. A little less than half didn’t open before. That also means I can open them in pretty much any weather, which I was never able or comfortable doing before. Rain of any kind, even light, non-blowing rain was a no go for opening since the old ones cranked out and were open from top to bottom making them nearly impossible to just crack open. Same with any kind of wind. It played havoc with curtains and blinds blowing all over the place unless they were pulled all the way up or anchored somehow off to the side. I was also worried a window would break or blow off (again, been there, done that). So, we had all these windows that opened, those that could anyway, and we just didn’t get to open them all that often because the weather had to be “perfect”. Now we will have zero issues. I can bet my windows will be open a crap ton more now.
And… I can actually not only clean these new ones, but it is stupidly easy to do. I tried cleaning the outside of the old ones once and nearly had to twist myself into a pretzel or hang out of another open window to do so. These beauties tilt in, both bottom and top and are super simple to work. I can do every one of them on my own easily, with the exception of our big ones going up the stairs (those suckers are massive and I’m a little shrimpy girl that just can’t reach).
As usual, I didn’t think to get a really good before picture of the outside, so I had to find an old shot and it isn’t great, but you can still get an idea of the drastic difference between the old and the new windows.
I have kicked myself a lot over the years for not putting my foot down when we built and the builder argued over what I wanted with regards to the windows. Sorry, but you are BUILDING the damn thing. Don’t tell me “they don’t make them that size” when you are the ones building the openings. I also really ended up hating the beige of the original windows. I’m usually really good at being able to visualize a finished product off of samples and ideas, but I got that one way wrong. It didn’t help that our paint color is different now too and the beige faded and aged poorly. I absolutely adore how well the new white windows pop.
If I had anything at all negative to say, it would probably be the fact that I lost some glass real estate in the new windows because they are smaller. These are really more of an insert rather than a full on frame replace (which is what the one we did last year had to be because of extensive damage). It isn’t a ton of loss, but there are a couple of inches around each window of framing that used to be all glass. I didn’t realize before the windows started going in that it would be that way. In the end, I still think that small loss is going to be well worth it in the end because these are just awesome.
Even better? We are done!