Give Old Windows a Second Life with New Screens

by Landis Carey on April 27, 2011

On Tuesday we hired Tri Country Screen to replace the screens on our first floor windows. Because the front of the house consists of mainly casement windows, there were only five to replace. It cost around a hundred dollars, but the service was fast and gave our old 1922 windows a second life. While we don’t have it in our budget to replace the actual windows right now (considering we need a new roof and exterior paint), this was a fast way to clean-up the port holes through which we see the outside world.

The image atop is of Sammy enjoying the warm day and new screen; the one directly above was taken about six weeks ago. It’s hard to tell where the storm window’s grime ends and the screen’s begins, but rest assured, they were dirty and filled with holes.

Tomorrow we have someone coming to take the windows apart for a deep cleaning. Now that’s like meditation for our tiny but tall house.  I can’t wait!

Moral of this post: If you’re on a budget and you live in an old home that has old windows, give them a second life with new screens and a deep clean. Storm windows, even those from the 1940s, come apart; it’s amazing, but true.

(Images: Landis Carey)

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Jessica April 27, 2011 at 9:46 am

Let me know how the deep cleaning goes. Our windows are really old & need to be replaced, but (like you) we’ve got exterior paint, a portico, and new roof on the more immediate horizon. Would love ideas on inexpensive ways to get more life out of the older aspects of our house.


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