"Removing old windows is like stripping patina from antique wood." The special quality of time and age it imparts to a house is gone and can’t be replaced with anything store bought. "All you have to do is walk down the street in a historic neighborhood to see the difference between a house with replacement windows and one with its originals. The new windows meet you with a blank stare. The old ones are like wise old eyes. Their glass shimmers at twilight and the wood is delicately carved. Generations have raised, lowered and looked out these windows. Why would you throw out something that valuable when you can never get it back?"
With the popularity of programs like the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits there has been a resurgence in the importance of preserving original windows and doors. This has also helped to educate the general public about the importance of maintaining original architectural features.
Window restoration is a key component for people who want a historically accurate renovation. It also impacts the environment in such a positive way. If we learn to recycle these components rather than replace them with inferior manufactured goods, we can help reduce waste as well as prevent the unnecessary energy used in the manufacturing of new goods.