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Window Replacement in a Historic Home

If you would ask some historians about window replacement in a historic home, they would answer you loudly…..”don’t replace but instead repair it”. The windows (as well as the milled woodwork) in a…

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Window Replacement in a Historic Home

Historical Windows

Historical Home Window

If you would ask some historians about window replacement in a historic home, they would answer you loudly…..”don’t replace but instead repair it”. The windows (as well as the milled woodwork) in an old house are indicative of the era it was built.  Just because the windows look inoperable, don’t give up on them quite yet.  Take a crack at trying to determine how to fix them and how much it will cost.  You are undermining your love of historic preservation if you don’t attempt it.  If you do swap out windows, the Historic Society may take the designation from you turning it into just another old house.

Restoration

A window restoration can include repairs, glazing, weather stripping and possibly the addition of an outside storm window.  The window should work as it was designed in the period it was built.  Sash windows were the norm in historic homes.  Generally speaking, the cost to repair an old sash window is on par with a high end sash replacement.   The biggest enemy with using the old windows is energy loss through drafts or the deterioration of weather stripping if there even was any.  You may want to have an experienced window restorer in Baltimore explain the best way to take a sash window apart.  If they are painted shut, use a painters “5 in 1” tool and a utility knife to score the paint where it has formed a seal from multiple paintings.  You may find damaged wood when you are scoring.  The damaged wood will eventually need to be dug out and filled in with an epoxy.  A historic window can be made thermally efficient by the installation of an outside storm window. Wood is a better insulator than metal so the addition of the storm window will get a higher efficiency rating that a metal replacement with the same outside storm window.   After you have completed the restoration, there are a few simple things to do.  Make sure you regularly examine the window for structural failure that you thought was corrected.  If you have found any issues, remedy them as soon as possible. Continue reading

Trends in Interior Painting | Rentpainters

Chalk Painted Wall Most homeowners in the Northern Virginia area wait until the warmer summertime months to begin their home remodeling projects including

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Trends in Exterior Painting | Rentpainters

House Painted Red Trends change over time and over the last few years exterior painting has made some stark changes. Color schemes have completely changed.

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Chalking Stucco | stephensedge

Pressure Washer Paint will not adhere to a chalking surface — at least not for long. This is very common occurrence in Winnipeg stucco homes and one

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Interior Paint Color Trends | stephensedge

Interior Paint Project Trends in interior paint colors come and go much like what is seen in the fashion world. For a few years we will witness certain

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Top Kitchen Paint Colors | stephensedge

Green Kitchen Of all the residential painting projects homeowners probably dread  kitchen painting the most. Perhaps it is because it can be very

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