Wood windows may be 100 years old or more, that's a testament to their enduring nature. What new windows can you buy nowadays that will last half as long? A restoration can give those old windows an entire second life. Sure, plastic replacement windows could cost less, but are not built to last (35% fail within 10 years). Wood replacements do not match your home’s original architecture and are not made of old-growth wood. Yes, wood is not generic and is to be distinguished. Old windows are made of old-growth wood that is far superior to modern lumber where trees can reach maturity in15-20 years. Old growth lumber came from old-growth trees that grew for 80-120 years and then were made into our nation's cultural heritage: our buildings, our bridges, our ships. This wood, which mostly has disappeared from the continent, is not just our heritage but a treasure, something to value and restore if it's needed. Replacement windows are not made to be repaired, just replaced. Your old-growth wooden windows were well made originally with hand-rolled and hand-cut antique glass that's also authentic to your home's architecture. Those windows can be restored timer and again to boast their inherent beauty of those materials, the fine craftsmanship, and the artisanal care that was invested in them.
A word from our customers
Our customers are so proud and thrilled that they decided to restore their windows. Here's what they say:
Neil Mozer brings old windows back to life by restoring the beauty of their historic glass and making them work for you again. He’s done three projects in my home in Takoma Park over the years. Am I glad I spent the extra for his skill? Just every day I open, close or look out through those windows. In Washington’s climate, I’d encourage anyone with old wooden windows to give it a try. Take it bit-by-bit as we did, maybe one room at a time to see what I am talking about. The energy savings are real. Better to pay Pepco or reward a local craftsman? But the great joy for me is the beauty of seeing something old come alive again and work as it should. You don’t see a lot of that today. Yes, it costs more and takes time and planning while the window is away. But I’ve seen the invoices. Your dollars will be paying for craft and a ton of local labor to do the job right and make something work. That’s a good investment in any time but especially given our current state.