A common question we hear from historic home owners is “Should I Keep My Historic Windows?”. In most situations, Cedars Woodworking believes the answer is “Yes”. Your home’s windows have lasted a century or more, and chances are, if properly restored and maintained, they can last another century. Saving wood windows is key to preserving the home’s historic integrity, and many times, both restoration and energy efficiency can be accomplished.
Typically, each window in a historic home is different, therefore, it is important to take the time to evaluate each window’s individual needs. Adding weather stripping and keeping the storm windows can increase energy efficiency. For additional efficiency, consider adding curtains or roller shades inside. If you have cracked or broken window panes, local glass companies typically offer good replacements.
If the wood on your windows is rotten or missing, a woodworking company like Cedars Woodworking can replicate the original woodwork. Using weather and insect-resistant wood, such as Spanish cedar or Mahogany, and applying historic woodworking techniques, such as mortise and tenon joinery, will ensure your historic windows withstand another century.
Enjoy your historic windows! Many historic windows boast one-of-a-kind molding profiles, and the old, wavy glass gives your historic home character that is difficult to recreate. If you do need assistance to repair and restore your historic windows, contact Cedars Woodworking at 717-392-1736.