Go to your landfill. Look at the glass area. You will see wood windows that could have been restored. But you also will see replacement windows that have failed. The short-sightedness of this type of replacement investment is often overlooked. Think twice before getting your “money’s worth.” Consider first one estimate by Donovan Rypkema, historic preservation specialist, that 30% of the time a replacement window will be replaced within 10 years. This is damning testimony that suggests we should put the brakes on the disposability trend. That includes the question of our socio-economic role for growth or community when we don’t hire skilled, local tradespeople to restore.
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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.
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