We have been having our ancient windows replaced all this week, and on Saturday the living room windows were torn out. It left a scary, big hole in our house. Pictures can’t describe the “wrongness” it!
And I was worried the hummingbirds would fly in and kill themselves against the dining room windows. My hummingbirds are pretty bold and often feed on flowers when I’m only a few feet away, so the human noise wouldn’t necessarily keep them away from their feeder, which hangs in this cherry tree. So I couldn’t wait for the new windows to go in. Our concerns about finding lots of wood rot beneath these 63 year old windows proved unfounded. The installer said it was because the old Pella windows had metal framing all the way around the opening. He’d never seen anything quite like it, and removing it all took a lot of time.
Even with most of the windows taken out of their frames to lighten the load, installing the new bank of windows was a job for three people. (And one Chief Worrier position, for which I was a shoe-in.) All went well. No hummingbirds dead on the floor. No workers hurt. Windows nailed in. Now all the finish trim work starts. So there is still much to be done before the job is finished, but the scary stuff is over.
Windows are like a roof or furnace. People expect you to have them on your house and that they work well. Period. When you sell your house you don’t get extra credit for having windows, but boy are they an expensive item to replace! Any window horror stories you’d care to share?