Many homeowners are familiar with various home improvement processes. At the same time, many others are not. Whether the project is big or small, you can always plan on having old materials left over when the project is complete, like old windows (glass, frames and hardware). How do you dispose of these materials? Before you settle on taking them to the dump, consider other options.
Here are some things you can do with your old windows after window replacement in Santa Fe, NM:
- Recycle old windows: Chances are, you’ve hired a window installation company to remove your old windows and install the new ones. If this is the case, ask the installer if the service includes hauling away the old windows. This is typically the case with professional window replacement, but not always. Also, find out how they dispose of the windows. The installer or deconstruction service may already work with a window recycling partner. Some companies resell old windows in an effort to avoid materials going to the landfill.
- Build a unique table: Your old window may still be in okay condition and look all right—why not get crafty with it? The smooth, flat and clear surface of the window glass, its table-like shape and solid frame are all features of a future glass-top table. Simply sand down the frame, refinish or paint it and add a set of legs, and presto! Now you have a truly unique table to decorate your indoor or outdoor living space.
- Turn old windows into decor: Old windows are perfect if you want to create rustic or vintage decor for your home. Get creative and design your own vintage decor: hang it on an empty wall as art, remove the glass and insert a mirror into the old frame, turn a window with divided panes into a collage-style picture frame or transform it into a window display shelf.
- Use them in the garden: Old windows make beautiful outdoor decorations. Display them around your garden among the plants, or hang them randomly. Alternatively, you may have several old windows left over after a big remodel or deconstruction project to build a backyard greenhouse or shed. You could also include other old materials left over from home projects into your greenhouse design.
- Give them away or donate them: Since the goal is to avoid filling up landfills with non-biodegradable materials, another great option to repurpose your old windows is to give them away or donate them. A family member or friend might be looking for exactly what you are trying to get rid of, especially if the windows are still in good condition and energy efficient. Donate them to local building organizations, like Habitat for Humanity, or to schools that teach students home construction skills.
When the time comes for home window replacement, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Santa Fe Glass & Mirror. We are the most trusted glass shop in Santa Fe, NM, and our glass technicians are ready to take on jobs both big and small. Call us today!
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