Once upon a time, a lovely woman built a darling cottage.
For some reason, years later, she had to sell the cottage.
A family bought it.
Now, this family was probably a very nice family, but there were these evil people that would go door to door convincing neighbor after neighbor that old windows needed to be replaced. Even though some windows had been on their old homes for over a hundred years and had nary a problem, they agreed to change them out.
Eventually, the evil window people came upon the little cottage where the family lived and convinced them that the little cottage's wooden framed windows weren't good enough.
Unknowingly, the family fell into the trap, like their neighbors, and agreed to replace the windows with some that wouldn't last more than ten or twenty years.
Some years later the family sold the house to a couple.
Now this couple wasn't very nice.
They had plans to destroy the cottage on the inside, but before doing that they decided to paint the entire outside, including the window trim, brown.
Not only that, but they used latex paint over oil based paint without sanding it.
About five years later, there fell upon the world a great recession and the couple had to sell the little cottage, so their evil plan was foiled.
Along came a woman that immediately fell in love with the little cottage and she bought it.
Soon she started undoing all the bad things that were done, but discovered that some things were going to have to be replaced professionally.
Boys and girls, do you know what that would be?
Why yes, Susie! It is the windows.
Well, all except the four original windows downstairs, that escaped the evil window replacers, that you guessed it... have nary a problem, except they too have to have the latex paint scraped off.
Not only are the metal window replacements failing, because of moisture between the glass, the wood window trim is rotting, because of the latex paint pulling off from the oil based paint and the leaks that come from improper window replacement.
And this kids, is what happens when you do that...
So, the woman that loves the little cottage knows that she'll have to replace not only this window, but eventually ALL of the ones that were replaced by the evil window people.
For now though, she has scraped all the latex paint off and has done some patching with wood putty until she can get someone that knows what they're doing to replace them.
There's also another sad window tale, involving some not too bright person building a staircase in front of a window.
But the woman will deal with that eventually too.
Just like she has when changing the outside from this...
It's a slow process and the woman has much more to do, but the little cottage knows she's trying and is very very happy that someone finally cares again.
To be continued...
For information on old windows go 'here'.
Please read it before you get angry about replacement windows.