Acetylated Wood for Windows

Although wooden windows have a unique character and beauty all their own, some owners struggle to justify keeping them when the issue of refurbishment arises. When historic buildings intended to see an extended service life confront the issue of window repair, modern advances in chemistry may be able to provide a long-lasting remedy. 

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The Money Behind the House

In order to gain a bit of perspective about Charlton Hall, we need to take a look back at the first owner's father, David Dows, Sr.  He was born a farmer's son in 1814. When he left his father's home in 1828 to work in a dry goods store, there were fewer than 20 miles of railroad tracks in the country. The nation was poised for expansion and railroads played a major role, not just by physically opening up access to the West, but economically as well. Dows was heavily involved in the growth of the railroad and all of the profits that could be reaped from previously untapped markets.

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The House Behind the Windows

Charlton Hall was built circa 1916 by noted Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer for David Dows, Jr.. Perched on the edge of the Jazz Age, the fortune upon which this house had its foundation was a product of the Gilded Age. While the rest of the country was in a forward-looking mood, this residence was a nod towards times gone by.

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How Weight and Chain Windows Work

How Weight and Chain Windows Work

Weight and chain windows employ a counterbalance system that is quite simple. On a basic level, the weight and chain window system involves a pulley, a chain, and a weight. This highly efficient system leverages mechanical advantage to harness a simple machine to make everyday life easier, especially when operating weight and chain windows.

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A Working Vocabulary of Window Hardware

Windows are constructed of more than just wood and glass. Hardware not only makes windows functional, but it also enhances their appearance. Hardware is a bit like jewelry for your windows. However, the nomenclature for the hardware may be rather confusing at first glance. Below you will find a brief glossary of some terms that may be of interest when restoring your wooden windows back to their original splendor.

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How To Clean Wood Windows

Over time, windows accumulate quite a bit of dirt and grime. This is especially true if they haven’t been cleaned twice a year as experts recommend. Air pollution, car exhaust, and general gunk build up over time and cause windows to look dingy.  Although all windows can be cleaned in the same basic way, older glass and wood windows do require some special consideration.

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From Single Pane to Double Pane

When single pane windows have been left without maintenance, they are subject to fall into disrepair and are then often perceived as being old and drafty rather than as the architectural assets they are. However, replacement windows are not necessarily the only alternative. The historic look and feel of the original wooden windows can be preserved with the option of transforming them from single to double pane glass. They won't look like much, if anything, has changed

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How to Measure the Performance of Energy Efficient Windows

We recently reviewed the various types of environmentally friendly windows available, and now we’re here to delve further into that topic by looking at how to measure the performance of these windows.  There are five basic principles that influence a window’s energy efficiency, as well as two leading certifications that rate products based on these criteria. 

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A Guide to Casement Window Sash Sag

Like any structural component of a home, windows require proper installation, upkeep, and, sometimes, a little TLC.  A common issue with casement windows, those that are attached to their frames by hinges, is sash sag.  This occurs when the bottom of a window begins to droop. An all-too-common conundrum, sash sag can be prevented as well as mitigated, and we’re here to provide tips for both instances.  

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Rowhouse Styles of New York City

Rowhouses make up much of the city’s historic residential housing stock, and today can sell for well into the millions.  Did you know, though, that not every rowhouse is the same?  That there are many different styles, each with their own unique design and history?  We’ve compiled here a guide to these styles, so next time you’re admiring one of these beautiful architectural gems you’ll know what type of rowhouse you’re looking at—and just think how that will impress your friends!

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How to Know if a Building is a Landmark

Official city landmark designation is granted through the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), which “is responsible for protecting New York City's architecturally, historically, and culturally significant buildings and sites by granting them landmark or historic district status, and regulating them once they're designated.”  Today, there are over 31,000 landmarked properties in the five boroughs. 

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