Window Update #1

As I write this, Bob at Woodmaster Windows is creating five custom wood windows for our home. Yipee! (By the way, the other window company we were waiting for took nearly two weeks to get back to me with a quote. Although their quote was slightly lower than Bob’s, we are on a bit of a time constraint, so prompt customer service is a huge deal for us. Bob always calls or stops by when he says he will.)

I mentioned previously, that we were hoping to restore the only original double hung windows in the house and replace some of the others with historically accurate wood windows. Well, we’re sort of going that route.

First, we had a local strip shop strip the lead paint off of three interior doors, our front door, and the four original window sashes (each double hung window is made up of two sashes: top and bottom). The windows look great, and so the next step to completing this small restoration project would be to follow the national guidelines for weatherizing and repairing our newly stripped windows. The process would involve scraping off the old glazing (including removal of the glass to take off any excess glazing remaining on the glass), priming with linseed oil (letting cure overnight), painting with primer, re-glazing, painting, and finally, installation.

Well, while Bob was over measuring our window openings, I decided to show him the work Isaiah had been doing to restore the window sashes. We asked him for some advice about the glazing, and he said he doesn’t use glazing. It eventually dries out and needs to be redone. Instead, he said he could take care of the weatherizing on those windows for us using his special method. Gulp, “So, how much would that run us?” His words, looking at sad, pathetic us, “I remember what it was like to struggle with a new house early on in our marriage — I can do it for $50.” Bless his heart! SOLD! Thanks for taking pity on us! So, now Isaiah just has to finish removing the glazing and Bob will do the rest! He’ll even replace the muntins* for us. Sweet!

Well, we won’t need all these supplies anymore! The linseed oil we will keep because that helps remove excess glazing. The primer is a keeper as well. But the glazing and glazing tool will go back to the store. (If you do need glazing, I read that DAP 53 is better than DAP 33.)

As for the custom windows, we had to decide if we wanted sliders, casements, or double hungs. Sliders are the least expensive and offer good air flow. Casements offer more air flow but are a bit more expensive. Double hungs are the most expensive and more cumbersome to operate but look lovely. I did some recon in our neighborhood to see what the original windows look like on other homes built by the same contractor. They were all two sets of double hung windows set side-by-side. In the end, we decided to go with the sliders, even though they are not historically accurate. We’d rather do what’s best for our budget then worry about some historical designation that may or may not happen. I can’t wait to show you what they look like when they’re ready!

*Note: Sashes, muntins, glazing — stay tuned for a crash course in window-speak. Even Isaiah looks at me funny when I use certain window vocabulary. This girl has done her research.

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