Washington DC Historic Window Craftsmen
Keeping your old windows and restoring them is the green thing to do. Why throw the old windows into a landfill when they could be restored and given a new life? It’s much more environmentally friendly to keep the old windows.
Northern VA Historic Window Craftsmen
The energy efficiency of restored and weather-stripped windows- when combined with a decent storm window- is usually pretty close to that of a typical replacement window. Gepetto Craftsmen carefully and skillfully glaze the windows for modern energy efficiency.
Complex Historic Window Restoration Contractor
The payback period for new replacement windows- the number of years it will take to recoup the expense of the windows through the energy savings- can be as long as 40-60 years becuase the energy savings per window is so small. It usually doesn’t make sense economically to replace old windows.
After 120 years, any product will look worn. What you don’t see in your wooden windows is what they look like refurbished: wood repaired where soft, stripped and repainted, clean putty applied, new glass where broken, weatherstripped and replaned to close tight as a drum. When its weights are balanced, a repaired window glides up and down in its frame with two fingers and stays open at any height you like. The top sash slides up and down, too, for those summer days you want to let the hot air out from upstairs.
When combined with an exterior storm window, refurbished windows perform as well as standard replacement windows for energy savings. (Most window replacement companies don’t compare their products to refurbished windows, they compare them to loose, drafty windows before repair). The best part is, your refurbished wooden window will last another century before it needs to go into the shop with a little bit of care, such as spot painting and replacing the puddy every 30 years. Most stardard replacement windows are expected to last 5 to 20 years before they warp, crack or de-gas — and they can’t be repaired. Failed replacement windows must be torn out, thrown out, and replaced each time they fail. When you restore your wooden windows, not only do you preserve the ancient slow-growth wood they’re made out of, but nothing goes into the landfill. If you pay to have your windows repaired, your money stays in the local economy.