Keeping Your Windows
Rising energy costs have consumers looking for ways to insulate or update. In many homes, windows are a likely place to look for energy savings, but the thought of giving up the beauty and charm of vintage windows may be as unpleasant as cold drafts and high heating bills.
Chosen Wood Window Maintenance offers two options for all styles of vintage windows: the Slim Line Insulating Pane (SLIP) and Conversions. Both options retain the entire existing window, including the sash. Both products involve removing the original sash, and both fix problems such as broken balance cords and deteriorated wood. Double hung windows are updated with block and tackle balances for smooth sliding. There is virtually no change to the appearance of the window from the interior of the home. A small additional trim piece is added on the exterior. After touch-up paint is applied, the product blends into the original vintage appearance.
Energy Efficiency and Ease of Operation
- Slim Line Insulating Pane (SLIP)
SLIP adds an additional pane to each sash, retaining the original window glass. SLIP was designed for vintage windows with leaded or true divided lights and for the consumer who wants to keep the original distorted glass appearance. It’s designed to update the vintage window to a more current standard for energy efficiency and operability. It will protect and preserve the glass and glazing by shielding it from the weather, reducing water penetration and condensation during the winter months.
If higher energy efficiency and additional options for replacement glass are desired, Conversions would be a good choice. The Conversion removes the existing single pane of glass and routs out the sash to accept the wider thickness of insulated glass. The insulated glass can be tinted, energy efficient low-E, leaded, stained, or even a decorative beveled insulated unit.
- Interior and Exterior Wood Screens
Need Some Fresh Air? If you need some fresh air Chosen Wood Windows can build and install interior and exterior wood screens. We will soon be providing aluminum and roll screens.
- article excerpt from NW Renovation-A Home Improvement Magazine New Options for Updating Old Vintage Windows