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— Gordon Bock, Editor-in-Chief, Old-House Journal
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Maine Window Stories
I own a c. 1890 home in the West End (Portland)– I recently had it under contract to sell, but after the home inspection the buyers requested $25k taken off the price so that they could rip out all 12 vintage windows and put in replacements.
In the process of deciding how to respond to them, I found this website. The information (& inspiration) here gave me confidence that saying “no” to this demand would be the best thing for my wallet, the house, and the world. (Unfortunately the buyers didn’t see it the same way.) Also, I learned a lot about my windows and their potential.
Now I’m motivated to look into having them rehabilitated. I’m planning to call some of the people on your “window specialists” list to seek some estimates.
— Dan, Portland, June 2012
John, I checked out your save the windows page. You are a man from my own heart regarding antique windows in antique homes. I am all for the latest in window technology in new homes (they really are much more efficient) but in old New England homes (pre-1920) I feel it is a travesty to replace the original period sash units with new “drop-in” (UGLY) windows. Even the best wooden windows of today do not capture the architectural feel of the originals.
Additionally, we all know that the dollars saved in energy consumption, after replacing 25 period windows with 25 new windows including parts and labor for removal and install is something like 10-20 years… vs the minimal cost of restoring the originals, which retains the historical integrity of our old homes.
Countless folks I know have practically laughed at me for being so naive as to “waste my time” rebuilding my old “leaky, inefficient, worn-out” original double-hungs and not just choosing the “simple” route of buying 22 new “inexpensive” vinyl windows. (that’s approx. $7000-$10,000!!!)
My house, (as-if it isn’t ugly enough now) would be even more ugly with those damned vinyl atrocities all over it!
They just don’t get it. In contrast, here in Lewiston (a Mecca of old worn out brick factories and office buildings from 100 years ago) they are beginning to restore a few of the nicer old office buildings… one of them is now the home of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce. The windows were all replaced with period-looking replicas (at least they look period)… The building looks fantastic. Sometimes people get it right. I don’t see any such “period” windows readily available to the general public for residential use. These things must have cost a lot, either that or all the originals were restored, which i doubt.
— Mike Lachance, Lewiston, Dec. 2008
If you have saved a window here in Maine, let me know (email@example.com) and I will post your story here. Tradespeople and do-it-yourselfers welcome.
Window Specialists in Maine
The following window specialists will be happy to repair and maintain your fine old windows without trying to sell you a houseful of cheap plastic imitation windows. If you know of a tradesperson or contractor who has done good work saving windows, let me know and I’ll list them here.
Bagala Window Works
677 Main Street, Westbrook, Maine 04092
Full window restoration service serving Maine. Sash can be shipped from anywhere to Mark’s shop for refurbishing and shipped back.
Maine Modern Woodworks
51 George Luce Road
P.O. Box 698
Waldoboro, ME 04572
Storm windows and accurate historic reproduction windows for old houses (no repairs or maintenance of old window)
mike (at) tz250racing (dot) com
High quality restoration of 1860-1920 antique windows and storms, including rebuilding of frames, boxes, resizing sashes and storms, glazing, exterior and interior finishing, window frame work, sealing, wood repair.
Service Area: All of Maine, travel cost may be added south of Saco or north of Bangor
Greg & Leah Gordon
Highland Window Works Partners
371 Camden Road
Hope, Maine 04847
gordon (at) highlandwindowworks (dot) com
Historic Restoration, Practical Preservation and Aesthetic Creation of the Wooden Windows of Historic Homes, Cottages and Commercial sites.
Wooden Window Restoration Company
P.O. Box 483
Stonington, ME 04681
Phone: (207) 367-5599
Email: todd (at) woodsash (dot) com
3 Breezy Lane
Bath, Maine 04530
nate (at) antiquewindowrestoration (dot) com
restoring antique windows to their original form and function
The following tradespeople and contractors also do some good window work:
Caleb Hemphill, Preservation Carpenter
3 Dunham Pond Lane
Falmouth, ME 04105-
chemp (at) maine.rr (dot) com
Preservation carpentry and historic window work.
House Revivers, Inc.
73 Pine St # 1
Bangor, ME 04401-6662
repairs and restores wood windows
74 Mountain View Drive
Otisfield, ME 04270
cjhatch (at) peoplepc (dot) com
Ed Somers Woodworking
PO Box 192, North Bridgton, ME 04057
edsomerswoodworking (at) gmail (dot) com
Restoration carpentry, including window preservation.
467 Friendship Road
Waldoboro, ME 04572
207 832 7942
keith24 (at) live (dot) com
covesidellc (at) live (dot) com
We really do like old windows, the way they look, the solid wood, the wavy glass, the true divided lites, the old hardware.
P.O. Box 2
Naples, ME 04103
jimbrake67 (at) gmail (dot) com
Painting contractor with window repair experience.
(has attended workshops or training with John Leeke)
Patrick Mealey & Joyce Jackson
PO Box 216
9 Lupine Way
Perry, Maine 04667
specializes in historic renovations and restoration including window restoration