Here are several frequently asked questions about our
Isn’t the ease of operation of a replacement window
Our customers are always surprised at how smoothly
a restored wooden window can operate. The main element to consider
in the long term ease of movement of your window is the type of
operating mechanism. Replacement windows operate on a spring system;
your wooden window currently operates on a weight and pulley system.
If you have ever owned anything with a spring function, you’ve
noticed that the spring mechanism loses its tension over time
and eventually gives out. In contrast, because of their weight
and pulley systems, wooden windows will not lose their performance
quality over time. Also, a spring suspension system is usually
easy to open but hard to close whereas a weight and pulley window
has the same ease of operation weather it is being opened or closed.
Most people are surprised to learn that the major problem with
their old windows is not much more than paint build-up and lack
Aren’t replacement windows better
because they tilt in and are easier to clean?
The mechanical restoration of your wooden windows
will allow both the top and bottom sashes to open and close with ease. Thus wooden windows may be cleaned
with greater ease. The tilting mechanism on replacement windows
has had a history of breakage due to its design. Weight and pulley
operation is one of the most durable and efficient mechanical
systems that, with proper lubrication, has lasted successfully
in many homes for as much as two hundred years.
But aren’t replacement windows more
energy efficient with double paned glass?
Your current old window actually has double paned
glass. The storm and the wooden window constitute a double paned
system. However, most homes have old storms that leak and wooden
windows that have not been cared for. When properly restored,
a wooden window (in combination with a properly sealed storm)
is more energy efficient than a replacement window.
Restored wooden windows can be more energy
Several building inspectors have approached us about
this issue. They told us they have been asked numerous times by
homeowners, “Why is our home colder now that we have replacement
windows?” The best insulation on a small scale is dead air
space. On a replacement window the space between the two panes
of glass is about 1/16 to 1/32 of an inch. On a wooden window
the space between your wooden window glass and your storm glass
is generally between 2-3 inches. This extra dead air space, when
properly sealed and weather-stripped (and of course in combination
with a sealed storm) means more insulation and increased energy
But don’t replacements offer better
In combination with your current storm windows,
the amount of exterior noise you will hear after a mechanical
restoration will not change. However, in combination with some
new storm windows, you will experience a significant noise reduction.
For example, Harvey Tru-Channel storms have been nationally approved
for the Airport Sound Abatement Program. In terms of noise from
window operation, the rattling of your wooden window as it operates
will of course diminish with mechanical restoration.
But is restoration always the answer?
No. There are factors that make replacing a window
a better option. There are times when a wooden window is beyond
restoration and we recommend replacement. But this is rare. We
would be glad to offer a free estimate to determine the best solution
for your windows. Also, if budget is of no concern, you might
want to consider fine quality replacement window systems that
begin at about $600-800 per opening.
But with vinyl windows I won’t ever
have to paint again!
You are absolutely right. But remember that never
again will you or any future occupants be able to enjoy the esthetic
beauty of the old wooden windows. No one will ever again be able
to paint the interior or exterior trim of the windows anything
but “Super White.” Finally, remember that vinyl is
simply a fancy word for plastic. Have you ever given a child a
wooden toy and a plastic toy? Which lasted longer?
What about locks and child safety?
Our restoration work re-sets functioning locks or
replaces broken or missing locks. The top sash on all windows
will pull down allowing you to put your storm screen up and your
top storm glass down. In this way the top area of the window is
opened instead of the customary bottom. This feature eliminates
the need for unsightly window bars.
What kind of maintenance will my restored
Restored weight and pulley windows need little maintenance.
We recommend lubricating the pulleys, locks and weather-stripping
once a year. This is accomplished in a few seconds by a spray
bottle of furniture polish or other lubricant. When next you have
your house painted, be sure the painters do not paint your windows
shut or gum up the articulating edge where sash meets frame with