Most people, after seeing the windows to the left, would replace them because of the rust, but most rust on steel windows is only surface rust. The windows on the right have had most of the rust and paint removed showing good bare metal. The homeowner, in this situation, had practical preservation and affordability in mind.
An application of quality oil based paint completed this restoration.
Who would want to replace these wonderful wood framed windows with vinyl? Over time these windows can become drafty, but that's no reason to throw them out. Turner Restoration can repair your wood windows, preserving the dignity of your historic home.
Wood windows found in older homes are usually made with wood from "old growth" forests. This wood typically has a tighter grain and is extremely sturdy.
A restored wood window, if well maintained, can easily last another fifty years.