We've been repairing and restoring historic windows since we started our business 19 years ago. During that time, we've rehabbed and re-installed windows from houses of every age and style. Keeping the original windows is one of the best thing that historic house owners can do.
First, it's the green thing to do. Why throw serviceable windows into landfills when their life could be extended indefinitely with a little TLC?
Second, it's economical. Window restoration, though not cheap, is typically more cost effective than purchasing replacement windows.
Third, no replacement window will look as authentic as the original windows.
Fourth, unlike most new windows, old windows are repairable. New windows just don't last like old windows do. The seals in insulated glass fails and the glass fogs up. Spring balances fail. Few homeowners can repair these high-tech replacement windows, while any handy homeowner can replace sash cords, install new putty, or install weatherstripping.
FInally, when restored windows are paired with good quality storm windows, the combination is at least as energy efficient as double glazed replacement sash.
If you're uncertain what to do with your old windows, give us a call. We'd love to help you maintain the look of your old home or church, while increasing its comfort and energy efficiency.