Do You Restore or Repair?
Survey Results for 08/10/2011:
Do you repair or restore old window? (Dealers only, please)
No, we prefer to focus on replacement.
Yes, but we don't actively promote it.
Yes, and we actively promote these services.
No, but we've considered adding such services.
This week we see most of our participants asserting that they'll be sticking with traditional replacement for the foreseeable future. Still, a notable segment of responding dealers are either involved in repair and restoration of older windows, or at least considering adding these types of services.
Certainly, this type of fenestration work is most relevant to homes noted on historic dwelling registries or within certain historical zones. And since we all know how zoning can vary from municipality to municipality, that means that restoration work and its demand in the marketplace will depend on the rules and regulations for that area.
There are a few comments below, and I'll add one more I received from a reader doing some restoration work in Texas:
"We save all the old wood sashes that we replace and, in many cases, make new jambs, retrofit a concealed balancer system and install them in homes. What has happened in the past is that [for] the homes not registered as a "historical home," the windows will fail the energy inspection, regardless of preservation efforts. If the home is registered as "historic," then we are grandfathered in except with safety glass codes. ... We feel there is a market for this kind of work (including steel casements, very popular right now) it just depends on the local enforcement of energy codes. However, we continue our efforts to maximize restoration and the preservation of the old architectural detail and beauty that has proved windows and doors can change the historical value of a home."