In many American neighborhoods, houses that are more than 100 years old still have their original double-hung wood windows. Although long-lived, wood windows have some drawbacks: They need to be repainted regularly (a complicated chore, because old layers of paint usually contain lead), they have energy-wasting single glazing, and they are difficult to seal against air leaks.
[To read more of Martin Holladay’s article from the June/July 2011 issue of Fine Hombuilding, click the link below.]
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