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Say No To Vinyl Windows

Keeping your old windows & doors adds value to your home

  • Do not be controlled by telemarketers and synthetic window distributors.
  • Sellers of replacement windows do not want to admit that they do not have the appropriate windows for your older house. They do not make money by referring you to low cost repair alternatives and they have not been educated in old house aesthetics.
  • Savvy home buyers are understanding more and more the design importance of original material, are expecting pre-WWII homes to have their original windows and are paying a premium for it. This will help your home's resale value and the speed in which it will sell.
  • Removal of original windows is the most frequent reason for a home's ineligibility for Mills act tax savings, this would mean $1000's over the 10 year span of the contract.
  • The technology to repair wood windows will always be there. Synthetics lock you into a material destined to become obsolete and unrepairable, forcing yet another set down the line. In the interest of matching, you are sold a full house set of windows when usually only a couple of the wood windows need serious work.
  • Besides being available in a very limited number of colors, not necessarily period correct choices, vinyl and metal windows commit you to a lifetime color choice. We all know how color taste and fads come and go with the times, but when you want to change the color, the vinyl will not accept the paint.
  • Keeping your wood windows supports local business. No one in San Diego County is manufacturing metal or vinyl windows, but numerous small local shops are able to make or repair wooden windows.
  • Heat loss and soundproofing situations can be helped in many cheaper and less intrusive ways, including: landscaping, drape selection, and insulation.
  • Ironically, while much of the marketing seems to be aimed at the elderly, in our climate, heating savings may take many decades to equal the windows and labor.

2002 - Volume 33, Issue 2


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President's Message

Executive Director Report

Red Roost and Red Rest Update

A Del Mar Landmark Faces Demolition

National Trust for Historic Preservation Lists Quechan Indian Pass Area

Preservation News Along the Border

SOHO Receives Honors at CPF Conference

The 2002 Eleven Most Endangered

Say No To Vinyl Windows

Wanted: Tecate Depot Architect

2002 People in Preservation Awards

A Historian's Legacy of Research and Restoration: Don Covington

Volunteer Profile, Michelle Hamilton

Friends of Mrs. Whaley's Garden

If These Walls Could Talk, the Stories They Would Tell...

Welcome, Webmaster Mike Kelly

Mills Act Information

Strength in Numbers

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