There are many advantages and benefits to restoring your windows. Below is an outline of some of the benefits you will enjoy by having your windows restored.
-High Quality Wood
In order for an historical building or your home to keep its original appearance to retain its true artistic and historic value, many times components of the building such as the windows cannot be merely replaced with modern units. Old windows are constructed from lumber that is characterized by being very dense and hard, due to the longer time that it was allowed to fully grow. Nowadays, the wood used for windows is of far less quality as it is grown for mass production without fully developing.
More than just the wood that was used, older windows were build with a much higher quality of craftsmanship by skilled craftsmen. These windows were build one unit at a time with a precision and attention to detail that is no longer found in the modern production of windows. Today’s windows are mass produced with lesser quality standards to increase profit for the companies. Also, because of mass production modern windows look very similar in contrast to the unique shapes of old windows.
Old windows are compromised of joints that are of mortise and tenon construction. Mortise and tenon construction is the best joint system for windows. Modern windows are compromised of finger joints which are glued together and thus make windows more prone to cracking or warping.
Another advantage in restoring your windows is that it is a much more cost effective method to replacing the windows. Restoring your windows often times costs a fraction of the price it would take to replace windows with modern units. Additionally, restored windows will have the same life span as new windows.
Old windows often times have deteriorating glazing and weather stripping which create energy inefficiency as they allow air drafts around the windows. By restoring your windows the glazing and weather stripping will be replaced, therefore improving energy efficiency in your home as air drafts will be eliminated.
-Being Green and Environmentally Conscious
By restoring your windows instead of purchasing new units, you are directly using existing materials. Consequently, you are conserving the materials and emissions that would be produced in the production of new windows for your home. Recycling and the use of existing materials is one of the main ways we can help the environment directly.
Furthermore, by restoring your windows you are avoiding vinyl windows. Vinyl windows are made of PVC (Poly Vinyl Chlorid). During the production of PVC products, dangerous toxins are released in the air which are detrimental not only to the environment but also to human health. More information on PVC and its affect on the environment can be found on this link http://www.pvcinformation.org/links/index.php?catid=1.
- Our Role
The old lumber described is no longer available in the market and cannot be duplicated, and the craftsmanship and quality of old windows is long gone with mass-produced modern units. This is where RH applies its knowledge and skills in restoring windows to their original appearance while retaining their full functionality. This leaves the customer with original windows restored to their original appearance that are of much higher quality than any modern units while being fully functional on par with modern windows.