The old windows were single-pane, cracked and warped and leaky.
|Warped doors that wouldn't shut.|
What's a retrofit? I didn't know either. But apparently they cut the old window out, and insert a new window over the old framing. This method is about half the cost of a full re-framed window, and is pretty much just as good as a completely re-done window. We chose retrofits since our exterior is stucco, and a new frame would have involved cutting and re-patching. You can never perfectly re-patch stucco!
The drawbacks to retrofits is that you end up losing some window sill space, as well as some glass size since there's a lot of vinyl siding to cover up the old frame.
New window (siding not finished yet):
|See the gaps where the window fits into the old frame?|
|Kinda creepy looking.|
Bathroom window, some window sill room lost, but enough space for small trinkets still :)
Front window, I chose to have some lines in it for curbside visual interest:
Anyway, I really love the new windows! It makes the house SO MUCH quieter. Can't say I miss the crazy blue jay screeching or never-ending neighborhood construction noises. I'm not sure how much it effects the heating/cooling of the house since it's been fairly normal weather lately, but we'll see once winter comes!
I also love how easy it is to open and close windows now. Before it was nearly impossible!
Now, I just need to figure out window treatments. Two years later and I still don't know what to do with them. >.>"