Window Woman of New England, Inc. is pleased to have their work in restoring windows at the Center School in Dracut, MA featured on This Old House season 43 episode 12 aired on December 30, 2021. https://www.pbs.org/video/e12-concord-country-cape...
The 1898 school building had fallen into disrepair and was no longer in use. The Coalition for a Better Acre is developing the school into affordable veterans housing.
The large windows are all original, only the circular attic window and two openings that had been converted into doors had to be made new. Host Kevin O’Connor walks through all of the steps that go into window restoration with Alison Hardy, owner of Window Woman.
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Window Woman will also appear in the next issue of This Old House magazine to be published January 2022.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Watch for us in season 43 episode 12 airing December 30, 2021.
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