Good day all.
Recently, I was talking with my co-worker and the topic inevitably came around to windows. You see, in our duty set here at the asylum…err office, we get to review a number of “rehabilitation” projects and as any good Preservationist knows there is a difference between rehabilitation and remodeling (remuddeling) as well as restoration and renovation and replication, but that’s another post for another time…
On a slightly different note, was that enough “R” words for you? Here’s another one just for good measure RUSTICATED. I know, I know, rusticated has nothing what-so-ever to do with those other words I just wanted to share with you all this “quaint” (don’t you love how realtors use that term to describe something normal people would call small) online dictionary I found the other-day. It is by no means all inclusive (good luck trying to find oubliette or Choragic Monument of Lysicrates), but it’s illustrated and good for quick and dirty descriptions when you just can’t seem to remember the word Narthex)
Now back to windows. My co-worker and I see a lot of planned “rehabilitations” in which they are planning on “upgrading” a home with vinyl windows in order to be more energy efficient. That is when the red flags start waving and I start making phone calls and writing letters and TRYING to convince people in the “real world” not to buy into the hype from the window ads you see or the articles you read… like THIS ONE . Don’t believe that these adds are truthful and that their product would be beneficial for your home, the amount of gross misinformation in the preceding article is ridiculous, not to mention their claim that vinyl windows are aesthetically pleasing… Any preservationist can tell you that looking at an historic house with vinyl windows is like looking at a blind house. Oh, and environmentally friendly? Please! What about all the toxic chemicals and plastic that go into their manufacture is environmentally friendly? But enough, I could go on about the evil replacement window man forever. Instead I’ll share some positive things I find that support the underground but growing movement to stop the loss of historic windows. I found this little pamphlet by the City of Albany and I would like to share it with you.
Also, to further aid you in your quest to prevent the vinylocalypse (some times I have nightmares about vinyl windows de-fenestrating me… It’s frightening, I know! See what working in Preservation can do to you?) I am giving you this handy little link from the National Park Service so that you can get all the information your little heart desires on spiffing-up your historic windows. Oh and if you’re in the Vermont area I’d totally recommend Jackson at Black Sash Restoration for your restoration needs, he’s a great guy who really knows his stuff!
That’s enough for today folks but I’d love to see a window discussion or tips in how to convert the masses in our quest to stop the vinylocalypse in the comments!