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One reason why new wooden windows aren’t necessarily better than old

There is a common myth nowadays that replacing the old with the new is the best thing to do.  Many people think that old things will wear out whereas something new will last longer and look smarter.  But it’s not true!!

The photos below show a major difference between  modern replacement wooden windows and original wooden windows.

Nails to hold the wooden bead into the frame are rusting only a short time after installation.

 

 

Putty in place on old wooden sash window

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the new windows, the glass is held in by wooden beads that are nailed into the sash.  Old wooden windows on the other hand have glass secured and finished off by a smooth putty line.

The photos show what happens to the nails securing the beads. Water infiltrates and causes rust. This starts to open up the wood and let more water in and then this sets things up for rot!!

Putty seals the glass and when painted over lasts for years. The fact that no nails penetrate the putty means that the water has no pathway into the wooden sash.

Also wooden beads  just don’t look right. They change the profile of the window and therefore interfere with the visual aspect.

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