VALUE OF RESTORATION
TOP REASONS YOU SHOULD CHOOSE TO RESTORE
Original vintage windows ﬁt the vintage building they’re in. Care was taken to match the weight and style of window to the building, the trim, etc. The building can seem at odds with itself and its surroundings if the original windows don’t match styling features.
Chances are your windows have done their job for 50-100 or more years already. Sure, they may be a little creaky and may not be as attractive as they once were, but it’s a far better investment to repair a proven performer than to sink money into a new window that only has a 20 year warranty at best. With proper maintenance your antique windows should last another 100 years.
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 that the original windows.
vintage wood windows are constructed of old growth timber. The wood is much denser and more weather resistant than today’s tree farmed softwoods. Detailed 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. Minus all the ugly paint your wood windows are usually quite beautiful, graceful, and strong.
Older buildings typically used valuable fir or cedar crafted wood windows. These older-growth trees means denser, longer-lasting wood. DO NOT replace them.
These windows have over the years been considered to be long lasting and the best windows. If your windows are made of cedar, fir or any other high quality hardwood, do not be lured into thinking that you need to replace your existing wood windows, we can perform wood window restoration. The wood material for these windows were gathered from old growth forests’ there are not many old growth forests left. Modern Replacement windows aren’t made of quality hardwood materials. The wood from these windows are grown for building materials and are not very dense. This means they were not prone last which will call for further replacement. Vintage windows were built better and although they have drawbacks, we have many options to fix and upgrade your valuable vintage windows to modern standards!
Original windows will add aesthetic & monetary value to your home
Apart from being long lasting, vintage wood windows add aesthetic & monetary value to your home. It is not easy to find high quality wood windows especially hardwood windows, being produced today and if so they are quite expensive. This means that your home will hold more value with the original windows. Instead of replacing them, your existing wood windows can be brought back into great shape and made more functional and more energy efficient, that rivals newly produced windows, while holding more value and beauty by repairing them. Your original vintage windows will be the best at matching the style of your home, with replacement you will lose the character of the home.
Your wood windows already have a 75+ year track record of service and are infinitely repairable with the right tools and knowledge for less money than replacement. Give us a call and find out more on what we can do for you! 503-266-3830
Environmentally conscious people are opting for restoration over replacement as a way to conserve energy, save money, and reduce their carbon footprint. Window restoration proves to be an effective environmentally friendly way to conserve resources by utilizing what has already been produced. In addition, replacement windows that contain vinyl or PVC are toxic to produce, create toxic by-products and are not recyclable.
Your original windows have wood that was cut down from old growth forests, there are not many old growth forests left. By repairing, you save your old windows from being thrown in the landfill, and once repaired, they can be maintained for the life of the building.
Windows can be upgraded to modern standards of energy standards. Go Green & save on energy costs!
- Discarded windows add to already overcrowded landfills
- Manufacturing replacement windows produces still more waste
- Large amounts of energy are consumed to extract and process raw materials, then assemble, transport and install replacement windows
- Replacement windows use non-renewable resources such as petroleum
- Forests are being depleted in the production of wooden replacements
- Replacement windows may contain toxins
Our company Chosen Wood Window Maintenance originally started by solving warranty issues for modern manufactured windows; issues like failed glass, dry rot, leaks, and more. Throughout the years we realized the replacement windows were more weathered and costly than the windows they were meant to replace. Since then, we have added the service of restoring and updating vintage windows to modern standards of operability, efficiency, and appeal. We created the SLIP™ as a way to update wood windows in a cost effective manner; saving you money by avoiding window replacement and warranty issues down the road.
When a homes wood windows are in rough shape, many homeowners automatically assume it is time for a replacement of all the windows in the house. However, many homeowners are not fully informed about the issues related to replacement windows and the options for restoration or even the benefits. There are good financial, environmental and architectural reasons to put a building’s original windows back to work. Our company recognizes that, if given the option, building owners would rather keep their vintage wood windows than replace them, for this scenario, we offer updating products to help.
Chances are your windows have done their job for 50-100 or more years already. Sure, they may be a little creaky and may not be as attractive as they once were, but it’s a far better investment to repair a proven performer than to sink money into a new window that only has a 20 year warranty at best. With proper maintenance your antique windows should last another 100 years. Replacement windows are most often set into the original window opening, and the sash is smaller than the original sash. You get less viewing area and less light. Who wants less light? 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 that the original windows.