WHY RESTORE?

Your original windows add a lot of character and charm to your home. They have weathered more than 50 years of use and can have a much longer life span with some maintenance. Chances are they have survived as they are made from some very solid, high quality wood assembled with fine craftsmanship. Replacement windows cannot compete on longevity, plus they are designed to fit
INSIDE the existing window openings making your visible light less.

MATERIALS

Antique windows are made of old growth wood which is more dense and rot resistant. Joints may loosen up or rot may be present, but all can, and was designed to be repaired indefinitely.

APPEARANCE

It’s easy to take a driving tour of bad replacement windows – shiny white vinyl, stuck on muntin bars, and flat glass. The proportion, shapes, and wavy glass in older homes is part of the beauty and character that makes these homes so appealing.

EFFICIENCY

Older windows can be just as energy efficient as new windows. Through a combination of repairs and weather stripping we can make the windows snug and weather tight again. Ask any energy auditor – new thermal imaging technology can provide insight on where energy loss is happening before assuming it’s the windows.

COST

With replacement windows it’s all or nothing. With repair and restoration we can do as little or as much as needed. Services like replacing broken panes and cords is inexpensive and quick. Even with complete restoration our services are often less costly than wasteful window replacement.

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WPA Top Ten Reasons to Restore or Repair Windows

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A Front Stop of a Different Era


2015-07-08 10.06.49We are restoring the windows at Hamilton Hall in Salem, MA. From their website (www.hamiltonhall.org)

Hamilton Hall in Salem is widely recognized as one of the most important Federal buildings in America. It was designed in 1805 by the famous architect and master woodcarver, Samuel McIntire, and has been in use as an assembly hall for cultural and social events for over two hundred years.

2015-07-08 10.03.26In windows of this vintage, the construction is different from what became more standardized after 1850. Rather than the front stop being set inside the jamb, the stop is actually flat to the window. It’s a handsome look, but does not enable you to adjust the fit of the window like you can with the later variation.

Here the front stop that holds the window in place is installed to cover not just part of the window stile but also the window framing. There are small clips on these particular windows for interior plexiglass panels. In the second photo you can see that to remove the stop you have to pry it away from the side. The back side of the stop is bevelled.