Why Preserve Wood Windows?
The Historical Commission has gathered a lot of information for residents to review when considering whether to restore or replace their home's windows.
Window Replacement Review
The Weston Historical Commission reviews window replacement under the Demolition Delay By-law and encourages homeowners to retain the original wood windows of the home, if at all possible.
An excellent analysis of the importance and advantages of retaining wood windows can be found in Guidelines for Preservation and Replacement of Historic Wood Windows in Cambridge (PDF) prepared by Paul Trudeau for the Cambridge Historical Commission in 2009.
The author sums up the benefits of window restoration under three categories:
- Energy Efficiency
- Historic Character
- Overview of Wood Windows: Tips from the National Trust for Historic Preservation (PDF)
- Making a case for Restoration v Replacement (PDF)
- Repair or Replace: A visual look at the impacts (PDF)
- 10 Reasons to Repair Old Windows (PDF)
- Top 10 Reasons to Restore or Repair Wood Windows (PDF)
- Window Types: A residential field guide (PDF)
Learn about preserving the historic character of your house by choosing to restore its old windows.Link to page
Find additional information on how preserving old wood windows is sustainable preservation.Link to page
How are old windows energy efficient? Learn all about it from these resources.Link to page
Find repair shops, supplies, how-to's and other resources to help you restore your home's wood windows.Link to page