Few things are as exciting as having the opportunity to rebuild wooden windows! Both period windows and modern wood windows have a disastrous tendency to rot out. To replace and install new windows can be quite an expensive proposition. On a recent job, we were able to save the homeowner from having to expensively replace her windows that were rotting by refurbishing and replacing them. Two special skills are involved in a project of this sort. First we milled out new trim, sills and replacement parts in redwood and replaced the windows. Then we fabricated and installed copper, no rust weather flashing to permanently keep water out. The copper is wonderfully decorative to boot! This second step can be done with galvanized metal as well. This process in stainless steel can also compliment the architectural style of the very modern home. The windows in the job shown here are so exciting to me as an example of making architectural elements, in this case wood trim and copper flashing, have a real function, flashing the window and keeping water out. What also makes this special is the environmentally sound process of salvaging existing windows rather than throwing them away and replacing with new. This also allows homeowners to salvage historic windows, which are virtually irreplaceable. This is a best of all worlds’ solution as refurbished historic windows can function better than new replacement windows while keeping the architectural integrity of the home. We are able to do projects like these all in house with our skilled craftsmen. Saving architecture and the environment while saving our clients lots of money. Wonderful!
Periodic musings, tips & tricks from Karl Kardel and the KKCo team.