Window Restoration Services
We offer several options from simple mechanical restoration to get your windows secure and functioning to full historical restoration which includes stripping, sealing and painting. We are happy to work within your budget and, upon inspection, can offer a variety of pricing options.
All of our services include: new bronze dipped steel chain, spring bronze weather stripping, glass replacement as needed, structural repairs as needed to sashes, frames and mullions and glaze repair or full reglazing, and painting.
We offer a lifetime guarantee on all of our mechanical repairs.
Your windows fit your house
Quirky as they might be, your older windows fit your house. Care was taken to match the weight and style of window to the building, the trim, etc. They have expanded and contracted with the seasons. With proper weather stripping, they can be made to fit and seal even better. Replacement windows have a rigid structure that fits within your window openings. Old houses move and shift over time and frequently the gaps that open up around replacement windows and the window openings result in more drafts than the original windows.
The greenest building is one that is already built
Replacement windows are touted as a way to save energy but when evaluated from the perspective of the entire production, shipping, installation, and removal process, replacing windows consumes a huge amount of energy. In the words of Richard Moe, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation “We can’t build our way out of the global warming crisis. We have to conserve our way out. That means we have to make better, wiser use of what we have already built.” Restoration work creates less waste, employs local craftspeople and use minimal materials and resources.
The true mortise and tenon construction of antique windows is incredibly strong and even when it begins to weaken it is easily repaired. Many unique window shapes were created because of the craftsmanship with wood joinery. Antique windows were built to last, to be repaired as needed and to remain in use for as long as the house stands.
Antique wood windows are constructed of old growth timber. The wood is more dense and more weather resistant than today’s tree farmed softwoods. Delicate profiles are possible because of the density of the wood. The reason these windows are still around, even with years of neglect, is because the wood is of very high quality requiring no cladding or additional materials to give them weather resistance. Once all the old, cracking paint is removed, your wood windows are usually quite beautiful, graceful, and strong.
Weights and pulleys are the best balance systems ever invented. There is a prevalent myth that a lot of cold air comes in through the weight pocket. However, if there is cold air in the weight pocket it’s generally because there is a gap between the outside trim of the house and the siding. It may also indicate a poor seal at the floor joists. Replacing easily serviceable weights and pulleys with vinyl jamb liners or invisible balance systems means installing a system that has a maximum life span of 10-20 years but generally fails in less time. After restoration, you will be able to open and close your windows easily with one hand.
PVC is unsafe for people and the planet
Poly vinyl chloride (PVC), which the vast majority of replacement windows are made with, is becoming one of the greatest concerns in the building industry. Not only does the production of it create an environmental nightmare, but the gasses it emits over time are becoming a concern. In the event of a house fire, burning PVC releases toxic amounts of dioxin. In addition, Lead is used as a stabilizer in the manufacture of PVC. If you are concerned about our planet’s health, and your own carbon footprint, reducing the use of vinyl can make a big impact.
Replacement windows are set into the window opening which means the sash is smaller than the originals, therefore you get less viewing area and less light.
Save 30-40% on heating costs
According to the Field Study of Energy Impacts of Window Rehab Choices conducted by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, the University of Vermont School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering laboratory, the estimated first year energy savings between a restored wooden window with a good storm window vs. a replacement window was $0.60. Yup, less than a buck. In their conclusions section, they noted, “The decision to renovate or replace a window should NOT be based solely on energy considerations, as the difference in estimated first-year savings between the upgrade options are small.” Broken glass, failed glazing, no weather stripping – these small and repairable items are what really affect energy efficiency in windows.
Chances are your windows have done their job for sixty or more years already. With proper maintenance, your antique windows will last for generations to come. We’re happy to offer a lifetime guarantee on all our mechanical restorations.