Depending on personal preference and the condition of the wood, we can restore or replace the current stops. However, if replacement of the stops is needed, we will replace them with either a new style of trim or, if preferred, replicate the current stops with custom milled boards to match the existing detail.
Parting beads separate the top and bottom sashes and form a track to help guide the sashes up and down. Replacement of the parting bead entails custom cut bead stock to fit any particular window. A typical parting bead replacement is made of mahogany bead stock and is often included in package plans. This may also be requested as an optional add-on for those who select less extensive restorations, but still wish to have this done.
Sash cords are the ropes or chains on one or both sides of windows. Sash cords are particular components that have a tendency to break. Sometimes the cords snaps in half and the window becomes more difficult to open than one would expect. These are part of the windows’ counterweight system which allows the window to open and close, as well as hold its position either open and closed. These are commonly made of white cotton rope or bronze chain but can be requested in an array of colors or materials.
If windows have broken glass banes or have an undesirable style of glass, often it should be replaced. In this process the old glass is removed along with the muntin being cleaned of all old glazing and pins. The new glass would then be installed and reglazed to fit.
When glass is installed in old windows it typically is held in by pins and a putty glaze that hardens to hold the pane in place However, the putty is known to deteriorate over time, leading to loose glass and rattling panes. Depending on the condition of the glaze, a full or partial reglaze may be in order. A partial reglaze is when the current glaze has some sore points but can be saved by repairing in the most damaged areas. Full reglazing, on the other hand, requires the full removal of the glass and the full cleaning and replacement of the old glaze.
Rotted or damaged wood is carved, cut out and treated with various epoxies, fills, and hardeners are applied. It is then sanded and prepared for primer and paint. Loose corners and joints are rebuilt. Wood that isn't beyond repair can be custom filled to match and be reinstalled among the original woodwork.
Interior sills are lightly sanded, primed, and painted. Exterior sills are scraped and prepared using special scraping tools designed to remove damaged wood. The remaining wood from the original sills is usually from old growth lumber that is much better than anything available today. This original sill will be treated with various epoxies and fills, then sanded until ready for primer and paint.
All painting is performed on site. A great paint is Benjamin Moore, but other brands are often utilized upon request. All stain and paint colors are subjective of course, and chosen by the customer.
Optional hardware replacement or add-ons are available. Some examples include replacing or adding locks, finger lifts, pulleys, sash chains, enhancing weatherstripping, and more.
Pulleys are what allow the rope to move the weights up and down as a main component of the counterweight system in wood windows. These can sometimes be damaged from water or excessive wear and tear. They can usually be repaired with proper inspection, lubrication, and paint, but sometimes a pulley replacement is required.
Typically these are installed as a standard part of a detailed restoration. Bulbs are installed where the sashes meet in the middle of the window and on the top and bottom sashes. A small dado is cut into the meeting rail as well as at the top and bottom of the sashes where a silicone strip referred to as a silicone bulb is installed to better insulate, limit drafts and allow for noise canceling qualities.
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