Our Historic Window Restoration Process
Restoring historic windows to their former glory is a meticulous and specialized process that requires the utmost care and expertise. Make sure you choose the experts! At Apex Window Werks, we follow a comprehensive restoration process to ensure that your historic windows maintain their authenticity and charm.
Our process typically includes the following steps:
1. Initial Assessment
Our skilled technicians start by thoroughly inspecting your historic windows. During this inspection, we’ll assess their condition and identify issues such as rot, decay, damaged frames, or broken glass. This assessment helps us plan the restoration process effectively.
2. Historical Research
To maintain historical accuracy, we research to understand the architectural style and materials used during the time your windows were originally installed. This research ensures that our restoration aligns with the historical context of your property.
3. Removal and Transportation
If necessary, we carefully remove the windows from your property. We take great care during removal to avoid any further damage. Once removed, the windows are safely transported to our restoration facility.
4. Cleaning and Stripping
We begin by cleaning the windows and removing years of dirt, grime, and old paint. Stripping the windows down to their bare wood surfaces is often necessary to start with a clean canvas.
5. Wood Repair and Replacement
Damaged or rotting wood components are repaired or replaced with matching materials to maintain the original look. This step may involve repairing sashes, frames, or muntins.
6. Glass Restoration
If the original glass can be salvaged, we carefully restore it. If not, we source historically accurate glass to replace any damaged or broken panes. We choose glass to match the era when your windows were first installed.
7. Glazing and Weatherproofing
We apply traditional glazing compounds to secure the glass and ensure a weathertight seal. Proper glazing is essential for the long-term durability of the windows.
8. Reassembly and Refinishing
Once all components are repaired or replaced, we reassemble the windows, paying close attention to proper alignment and fit. We then refinish the windows, matching the original color and style to maintain historical accuracy.
9. Testing and Adjustment
Before reinstalling the windows, we test their functionality. This includes ensuring that they open and close smoothly and that hardware, such as pulleys and locks, are in working order. Any necessary adjustments are made.
We carefully reinstall the restored windows back into your property. During reinstallation, we pay special attention to ensuring that they are level and properly sealed to prevent drafts and water infiltration.
11. Final Inspection
Our team conducts a final inspection to ensure that every detail meets our high standards of quality. We verify that the windows function correctly and that they maintain their historical appearance.
We take pride in leaving your property in the same condition it was when we arrived. Rest assured that our team conducts a thorough clean-up, removing any debris or materials from the restoration process.
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