Window Restoration and Energy Efficiency
I have a small window restoration business in Cleveland. Nationally, the window restoration community is great, and everyone shares methods and ideas. The downside to this communication is that everyone does things the same way, and the MO seems to be to restore everything like it’s still 1920. If you’ve ever installed interlocking zinc weatherstripping, you’ll understand my frustrations.
I’m all about restoration, but I’m finding myself gravitating towards changes that prioritize energy efficiency improvements over making everything look pretty. Old sashes can be retrofitted with modern weatherstripping, and new sashes can be made that incorporate insulated panes while still utilizing the existing frames and reusing as much as possible (it’s also faster to make a new sash then it is to restore it). I am also starting to build rot-proof wooden storm windows (Accoya) that are much more tightly sealed.
I was wondering if the GBA community might have some suggestions for additional avenues to explore regarding window restoration and modernization with an eye towards energy efficiency, sustainability, and maintaining the historic character as much as possible. Any input is greatly appreciated!
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