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ordjen
Re: Are ropes and pulley vintage doors really energy inefficient?
ordjen

MY first house in Chicago was built in 1970 and had single glazed, double hung windows which were actually not too bad, but the builder had installed really low quality triple track aluminum storm windows. Tired of them getting jammed up when the inserts had to be removed and the loose fitting inserts rattling in the wind, I elected to buy good quality double track aluminum storms. What a difference! No more rattling. They fit so much tighter that the energy efficiency and comfort was notable. A double track system has a narrower profile which does not jut out so notably from the primary window. Along with the white factory finish, they did not detract from the look of the house. This was perhaps 15 years ago, but these storms cost about $130 each at the time, several times less than any primary window replacement.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Are ropes and pulley vintage doors really energy inefficient?
Mastercarpentry

I'm the big fan of replacement windows here BUT not in a historic home! Our friend in Mt. Airy has the right approach, but being in a colder clime you might retrofit weatherstripping which could get somewhat involved. Definitely do storms.

This is something you need to research well so you will know your options and what they entail. That also includes assessing your abilities at DIY or finding out who can do what where you live. It's all about how deep you can go into things, but if you go deep enough you can have both original appearance as well as good efficiency. Should you change out anything please store the old pieces in the attic carefully so that a future restoration to original is possible.

Phil

roysoto
Re: Are ropes and pulley vintage doors really energy inefficient?
roysoto

Hey!! Thanks for the information..

mike.sanford
Re: Are ropes and pulley vintage doors really energy inefficient?
mike.sanford
antiquebuff wrote:

Great, thank you all! I saw this episode on this old house where the guy put a piece of rectangular foam between the rope and pulley to clog up the area for the winter. Easy placement, easy removal. Thanks! Will have a closer look when I get to finally move in. Appreciate all your advise!

Saw that one too, pretty clever!

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