Exeter, NH: It is said that windows are the eyes of a building and one of the most character defining architectural elements as well. Participants from around the state gathered at a recent window restoration workshop, presented by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance in partnership with the Exeter Conservation and Heritage Commissions, to learn the techniques of wood window restoration.
“The Preservation Alliance wants to help homeowners avoid unnecessary replacements,” said Beverly Thomas, Program Director at the Alliance, “especially because studies have shown that properly maintained wood windows can be as energy efficient as replacement windows, last longer, and preserve the architectural character so important to the aesthetics and history of the house.” Wood window restoration specialist, Andrew Roeper, Winn Mountain Restorations, Peterborough led the hands-on workshop teaching homeowners window maintenance and restoration in order to preserve their older wood windows.
Participants brought their own sashes, dating from the late-18th century right up to mid-20th century, and spent the day steaming, scraping and glazing their tired old windows. Dedicated to bringing their old windows back to the beautiful, functioning windows they once were, workshop attendees were eager to learned techniques for paint stripping, epoxy repair, glass cutting, glazing, painting, weather stripping and lead safety practices. When asked what aspects of the workshop were particularly helpful, Liz MacWhinnie of Concord said, “All of it! It’s invaluable to have an expert teaching the class because there’s a lot of misinformation on the internet.”
Armed with new window restoration know-how, participants were eager to go home to start their projects. “Great workshop. It gave us the knowledge and confidence to tackle ours. We’ll never look at windows quite the same way!” said Karl Wulfsberg of Gilmanton.
Helpful window preservation information at www.nhpreservation.org.
Lead sponsors of the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance’s Old House & Barn Program include: Bedard Preservation & Restoration, LLC; Fifield Building Restoration & Relocation; Ian Blackman LLC, Restoration & Preservation; and TMS Architects, PA.
The Old House & Barn Program provides workshops and tours to educate historic home and barn owners in restoration techniques and preservation issues. For the Preservation Alliance’s calendar of events, visit www.nhpreservation.org.
The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance supports and encourages the revitalization and protection of historic buildings and places which strengthens communities and local economies.