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Repair or Replace: the Army’s Analysis Dispels Age-Old Myths (Wooden Windows)

Link to the Study

The outcome surprised many, as it revealed replacement does not necessarily have an advantage from a cost or environmental perspective. Having accurate data, FBRC proposed a creative solution, which was acceptable to consulting parties. Over the next 10 years, FBRC will repair and replace windows in the historic housing. The resulting mix of refurbished historic windows and new replacements will improve the quality of life for residents on Fort Belvoir while maintaining the historic character of the Fort Belvoir Historic District to the highest degree.

The Basics of Wood Window Repair | Architectural Heritage Center

Contrary to the mass marketing that fills our mailboxes, original windows can be refreshed and repaired to meet today’s energy savings goals. At the same time, preserving original windows also preserves historic character and re-uses material is inherently sustainable. This workshop covers the basics of identifying problems and repairing the wood windows in our older homes.

Original wood windows are the “eyes of a building” and contribute tremendous charm and authenticity to our older homes. But after many years of openings and closings, coupled with the impacts of seasonal weather changes, our windows can develop a set of maintenance needs that must be attended to.

To address these issues, the AHC welcomes back Patty Spencer, owner of Fresh Air Sash Cord Repair Inc. Patty will share her years of experience in preserving and restoring the function of original, double-hung, wood windows found in homes built in the 1940s and earlier. With a focus on improving function, this workshop will cover the basics that owners of older homes should know, including: signs of window deterioration, preventive maintenance measures, good maintenance and repair practices, plus good ideas about weatherization.

Window replacement is not a cost-effective means of saving energy, and is certainly not “green.”

If you love your original, double-hung windows, but just wish they worked better—they can! Come learn to do-it-yourself from a local expert.

Pre-registration is strongly suggested

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via The Basics of Wood Window Repair | Architectural Heritage Center.