Window Preservation Services in Corvallis, OR
Window preservation is the key to reducing extensive costs from deferred maintenance of a historic structure. Preservation is a step below in severity from window restoration as well a step below the expense of restoration or a sash reproduction. Based on the Secretary of Interior Standards for Historic Wood Window Rehabilitation, window preservation is the act of treating window deficiencies such as failing paint, loose glazing putty, broken sash cord, window painted shut, fraying wood due to solar exposure and simply time and use.
Vintage Window Restoration believes in complying with the Secretary of Interior Standards when re-mediating those window deficiencies. Our paint and putty removal process incorporates modern tools and safe handling practices. Our infrared light removal methodology safely and gently heats the sash to release the paint and putty without damaging the wood like what intensive heat guns, toxic chemical, dust generating abrasives or fiber degrading steam boxes do. When the paint and putty is removed, the glass is intact and gently cleaned with wet and dry methods to clean and polish the glass. Parched wood is replenished with pure high grade traditional linseed oils and the glass re-bedded in traditional sash putty. All of the materials used are the same as they were when the window was originally crafted.
Window preservation has become a common practice for us. We are finding that homeowners are satisfied with the renewing approach of preservation with the addition of wood storm sash and screens to their home. There are two benefits to the preservation and storm sash package. While the windows are being preserved, the wood storm sash is installed to cover the opening as seen in the photo, eliminating the typical plywood covering so commonly found elsewhere. When the window is complete, it is re-installed back to its former glory with the storm window already in place to protect the window and add all the benefits of a wood storm sash. In so many cases, window repair and preservation is all that is necessary to extend the life of the window, regain its operability and aesthetics.
If you feel this is what your windows are in need of, please give us a call. Our team is skilled in almost all aspects of wood window work from repair to reproductions, storm sash and screens to exterior facades. Not entirely sure what is needed? Please have us come over to perform an assessment, or just meet with you to proposal what practices are necessary.