VALUE OF RESTORATION
Homeowners can lower energy and replacement costs while helping the environment by performing a wood window restoration that fits their buildings’ architecture.
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.
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
1. Because 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 that the original windows.
2. Because you appreciate good craftsmanship
• The true mortise and tenon construction of antique windows is incredibly strong and even when it
begins to weaken is easily repaired. Many unique window shapes were created because of the
craftsmanship with wood joinery. Antique windows were built to last and not land in landfill.
3. Because you value good materials.
• Antique wood windows are constructed of old growth timber. The wood is much denser 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. Minus all the ugly paint your wood windows are usually quite beautiful, graceful, and strong.
4. Because you love the character of antique glass.
• Even the glass in antique windows tells a story. It may be roundel or cylinder glass, each indicating a
certain era of manufacturing. Old glass has varieties of color and texture that are a delight to the eye.
Two layers of glass are better than one, and in an antique home that second layer of glass should be the
storm window that protects the original window.
5. Because you think a warranty should be more than 20 years.
• Chances are your windows have done their job for fifty 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. Heck, even without
maintenance they may last that long!
6. Because you want to avoid vinyl.
• Poly vinyl chloride (PVC) is becoming one of the greatest concerns in the building industry. Not only
does the production of it create an environmental nightmare, but the gases it emits over time are
becoming a concern. Heaven forbid your house catches fire, and PVC burned will release toxic amounts
of dioxin. If you are concerned about lead, please understand that it is used as a stabilizer in the
manufacture of PVC. If you are concerned about our planet’s health you should read up on efforts to
reduce the use of vinyl.
7. Because you want more light.
• Replacement windows are set into the window opening, and the sash is smaller than the originals. You
get less viewing area and less light. Who wants less light?
8. Because windows are a functional part of your house.
• Weights and pulleys are the best balance systems every invented. There is a prevalent myth that a lot
of cold air comes in through the weight pocket. 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. You can’t believe how joyful it is to open and close windows easily with one
hand when everything is restored to the way it was designed to work!
9. Because you really can 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 estimate 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
estimate first year savings between the upgrade options are small.” Broken glass, failed glazing, no
weather stripping – these small and repairable items are what really effect energy efficiency in windows.
10. Because 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
whole lot of energy, or viewed the other way an older building has a great deal of embodied energy. If
the total energy expenditure to manufacture replacement windows is considered the break even period
stretches to 40-60 years. In the words of Richard Moe, President of the National Trust for Historic
“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.”
Repairs and restoration work are done by local craftspeople paying local taxes. The use a minimum of
materials and resources and a maximum of labor. Restoring windows is the best use of existing materials