Passion for Restoration
Preserving our Past
We understand that every window project is unique, that’s why we think it’s important to offer several types of service levels to fit your repair or restoration needs.
We believe so much of our future relies on preserving our past.
The true mortise and tenon construction of antique windows is incredibly strong and even when it begins to weaken is easily repaired. Antique windows were built to last and not take up space in a landfill.
We work for the good and prosperity of our customers, resolving difficulties and providing the best service.
YOU REALLY CAN SAVE 30-40% ON HEATING COSTS.
According to the Field Study of Energy Impacts of Window Rehab Choices conducted by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, the University of Vermont School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering laboratory the estimate first year energy savings between a restored wooden window with a good storm window vs. a replacement window was $0.60. Yup, less than a buck. In their conclusions section they noted “The decision to renovate or replace a window should not be based solely on energy considerations, as the difference in estimate first year savings between the upgrade options are small.” Broken glass, failed glazing, no weather stripping – these small and repairable items are what really affect energy efficiency in windows.
THE GREENEST BUILDING IS ONE THAT IS ALREADY BUILT.
Replacement windows are touted as a way to save energy. But when evaluated from the perspective of the entire production, shipping, installation and removal process replacing windows consumes a whole lot of energy, or viewed the other way an older building has a great deal of embodied energy. If the total energy expenditure to manufacture replacement windows is considered the break even period stretches to 40-60 years. In the words of Richard Moe, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, “We can’t build our way out of the global warming crisis. We have to conserve our way out. That means we have to make better, wiser use of what we have already built.” Repairs and restoration work are done by local craftspeople paying local taxes. They use a minimum of materials and resources and a maximum of labor. Restoring windows is the best use of existing materials and the best way to support the local economy.