When it comes to old windows, the common consensus is often replacement. We see their cracked panes, feel the drafts they let in, and hear the rattles of their worn-out frames, and we think, surely, these old windows have served their purpose and need to be replaced. However, contrary to this popular belief, not every old window needs to meet the fate of the landfill. In fact, many old windows can be saved, and here’s how we do it.
An Ode to Old Windows
Firstly, let’s pay homage to the charm and character of old windows. They have a particular architectural aesthetic that is rarely found in modern window designs. Often, they are an essential component of the historic fabric of a home. However, the charm of old windows extends beyond their visual appeal. They were designed and built to be repaired, not replaced. With proper care and maintenance, these windows can last for decades, if not centuries.
Repair, Don’t Replace
Window repair is an art and a science that combines respect for historical techniques with modern advancements in window technology. Our team of skilled professionals is adept at both.
In the case of a broken or cracked glass pane, our team can replace the glass while keeping the original window frame intact. We use matching glass types to ensure the aesthetic consistency of your windows. Even single-pane windows, which are notorious energy wasters, can be retrofitted with energy-efficient solutions like storm windows or interior window panels, boosting your home’s insulation without changing its look.
Sealing the Deal
Draughts are another common problem with old windows, but this does not automatically necessitate a replacement. Replacing the weatherstripping and re-caulking can make a significant difference in sealing off drafts, improving the energy efficiency of your home.
The rattling of old windows is often due to loose or worn hardware. We can repair or replace the hardware while maintaining the historic integrity of the window. Whether it’s a pulley system, hinges, or locks, we can handle it.
Cosmetic issues like peeling paint, water stains, and minor wood rot can be addressed without requiring window replacement. We can strip and repaint the window, treating any wood rot and ensuring that your old windows look as good as new.
In a world where we are constantly encouraged to buy new, there’s something to be said for restoration, for preservation, and for the charm of the old. So, before you decide to replace your old windows, consider the potential for repair. Let’s celebrate the beauty and history of old windows while enhancing their functionality for modern life. Get in touch with us to learn how we can save your old windows and, in the process, save you some money too.
FREQUENTLY asked questions:
While many types of old windows can be repaired, the feasibility of the repair depends on the extent of the damage and the window's material. Our professionals can assess your windows to determine the best course of action.
In many cases, repairing old windows can be more cost-effective than full replacement, especially if the windows have historical value or the frames are still in good condition. However, in some instances where the damage is extensive, replacement might be more economical in the long run.
Repaired old windows can significantly enhance energy efficiency by sealing drafts, retrofitting with energy-efficient glazing or panels, and restoring the functionality of the original hardware. These measures can help prevent heat loss and gain, thereby reducing your energy costs.
Our window repair process starts with an assessment of the window's condition, followed by a customized repair plan. This can involve glass replacement, hardware restoration, re-caulking, weatherstripping, and cosmetic fixes, depending on the window's specific needs.