We have had a number of requests recently regarding wood windows and doors, particularly restoration of existing older units, and new units built in a sympathetic style for older buildings. In the past, we have spent many hours in convincing our clients with original wood windows to restore them or replace them with new wood windows. And we were excited to see that Shannon Kyles, a professor of architecture at Mohawk College, experimented on old windows to prove that they are as efficient and more environmentally friendly than new vinyl.
One of our clients in Hamilton, has a 1913 Tudor Revival home which sustained much water damage after a fire. This client wanted windows and doors to match the originals which needed to be replaced. We built and installed new wood windows and doors, and even had some of the original leaded glass restored.
Recently, a Stratford client, with a heritage designated home, had their wood windows refinished and restored. Matching storm windows were also built for winter protection and extra insulation.
We have always believed that wood has a number of benefits compared to vinyl or metal units. There are treated wood options that greatly extend the life of wood windows and doors. Wood is naturally insulating, environmentally friendly, and allows for painting to match interior and exterior trims and colours.
We are always happy to talk about the positive attributes and beauty of wood windows and doors. So feel free to contact us to discuss if it is a suitable option for your home.
Rory McDonnell is a General Contractor, Licensed Carpenter and Architectural Designer with Build, a construction firm in Stratford, Ontario, specializing in new custom home builds and renovations.
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