Our full restoration service was developed from years of experience and it pays tribute to the age, original craftsmanship, and inherent durability and beauty of your old windows and doors. Our intention is to restore them for another century of service with minimal maintenance.
We follow National Park Service guidelines and we respect that restoration requires time, patience and attention to detail. The wait is well worth it. But it requires us to remove your old windows and doors from their openings, temporarily secure those openings, spend hours in the shop and then return to re-install them. They look like new and our clients fall back in love with them as they return to their original perches.
This time they’ll have new weatherstripping (concealed), new glazing, new repairs, and new finish work so they won’t be a source of frustration, but one of joy. We have four focus areas that encompass this process: functionality, energy-efficiency, longevity, and esthetics.
Function:We make sure your windows/doors work well and work right. We pay attention not only to them but to their surrounds by repairing, cleaning, and adjusting so mechanically and physically your windows/doors are a pleasure not a complaint.
Energy-efficiency: We apply our craftsmanship and today’s standards of energy-efficiency to bring your windows/doors up to a modern level while still respecting their historical character. That includes what’s part of our full restoration process like new glazing and proper weatherstripping. It can also include recommendations to homeowners that deal with other likely contributors to “draftiness” that are window related, as well accessories that bring performance up like storm windows.
Longevity: we combine the best of both worlds, old and new. Old growth wooden windows are repaired with salvaged in-kind material or vertical grain Douglas Fir. We don’t use metal fasteners in deference to the next generation of restorationists that will have the honor to work on your old windows or doors. We use slow-cure, two-part epoxies as a modern aid to make sure your windows/doors are stabile , functional, and can stand up to the test of time.
Esthetics: we seal up your stripped, repaired, sanded windows and doors with good quality primer (twice) and good quality paint or stain to finish. Again, attention to detail is crucial to make sure Mother Nature is kept at bay and maintenance is minimal.