- Q. How Does one know if my windows can be restored?
A. If they are original to
the structure and have lasted to this point with surface deterioration(broken glass, paint & glaze breakdown, sash damage),
they can be restored.
- Q. What are the parts of a window?
A. The frame that holds the glass is the sash. The sash
is composed of rails(horizontal pieces) and stiles(vertical pieces)that hold the glass be it one or many. The divided lites
are within the frame and fastened with mortise and tenon construction.
- Q. Should I replace the locks and latches on
A. Original hardware is better than what is available today. If it works, clean it, if does not, fix it and
put it back.
- Q. Are storm windows necessary?
A. A correctly installed storm window protects the window it covers
and contributes to energy conservation, without distracting from the design or the opening.
- Q. Does it cost more
to restore a window than to replace it.?
A. With proper maintenance a restored window that has lasted 50-200 years or more
will last another 50-200 years, is comprable in cost to a replacement window that will last from 7-10 years and then will
have to be replaced again and again.
- Q. What are lites in reference to windows?
A. Lites or panes are the number
of individual pieces of glass within a Sash. For example some windows are 6 over 6, 6 over 1, 2 over 1, 2 over 2, and 12 over
- Q.How is glass measured?
A. Horizontally is the first number and the vertical measurement is second. ie. 6x8,
- Q.Does paint color influence the durability of a restored window?
A. Yes. Lighter shades absorb less damaging
sunlight than darker shades.
- Q. I do not open the top sash is it ok that painters painted it closed.
A. This is
a definite no. It is never a good idea to paint a window closed. It is the painter's responsibility to leave windows functioning
fully after priming & painting. It does not save energy to seal windows with paint.
- Q. What is periodic maintenance
A. Keepng the glass and glazing intact, sash and hardware clean and functioning, and painting every