Easy to open and close isn’t usually the situation with old wood windows. They can be inoperable due to many layers of paint. The original pulleys and sash cords may be broken or painted, as well. And, often upper and lower sash don’t align so the locks don’t work and air leaks between the rails. Our window “Tune-up” services to restore windows to their useful life include:
Window Operation – we can free-up your windows and make the sash operate as they were originally designed. Our skilled technicians carefully replace sash cords, re-fit sash and sash stop for smooth operation, and repair all moving parts. Both the top and bottom sash can move up and down as they were originally intended which will help keep rooms cooler during the summer months. Also, the window sash are weather-stripped and adjusted to come together at the meeting rails to reduce air leakage.
Glass and Putty Replacement – replacing broken glass and old, cracked putty glazing is part of the on-going maintenance of these old wood windows. We offer both antique “wavy” glass and standard glass replacement using traditional putty glazing methods. Depending on the putty conditions and project budget, partial or complete putty removal and re-glazing can be done to stop air leaking around the glass and bring the windows back to their original beauty.
Hardware Repair and Replacement – locks, handles, pulls, and hinges……these are the “jewelry” of vintage windows. Once the old paint is removed and the hardware cleaned and polished, both functionality and visual appearance can be restored to its intended purpose. And, if hardware is broken or missing, we have several sources for finding both original and reproduction hardware.
Repair or Replace Deteriorated Wood – depending on the condition, wood can often be repaired with stabilizing epoxy, a two-part resin system used to repair damaged and deteriorated wood. When wood is beyond repair, we can replace it with matching components.