Up-Close Look: A View Inside Painting Company’s Historic-Window Project

From D+D Online, October 2011

by Jill M. Speegle

In an era of uncertain job security, nervousness about lead-paint regulations and homeowners becoming more cautious about spending money on their homes, one Delaware painting contractor sets a powerful example of making the best of a situation....
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Tagged categories: Historic Preservation; Maintenance + Renovation; Maintenance coating work; Renovation; Residential; Restoration; Windows

Comment from Catherine Brooks, (4/5/2012, 12:28 PM)

I commend Burke for pushing for and restoring both wood and steel casement windows. He detailed how he did the steel ones, how about the wood ones? Were the sashes removed and taken offsite for repair, stripping, repainting, and weatherization? What methods and tools were used? This article specified products. Can he do so for wood sash restoration also?

Comment from Catherine Brooks, (5/7/2012, 11:16 AM)

Hey, this is a repeat of the same article you published only 7 months ago. There are sooo many other stories. How about highlighting another historic painter now! Contact Bob Yapp of Preservaton Resources in Hannibal, MO. He just taught a free, 5 day class for 48 contractors and general public who restored windows in Wichita, KS historic hospital auxillary home for sick babies. The 7 teams totally restored and installed the windows and gave a fantastic start for the larger project get to come.

Comment from Sharon Steele, (5/7/2012, 1:59 PM)

Catherine: Thank you for reading and commenting on D+D! Every business day, the D+D editors write a new Top Story for the D+D News e-newsletter, as well as 3 to 4 additional news items. So, the D+D News has a lot of new content, every day. In addition to this brand new, timely content, the editors also choose previous stories and features to highlight in the e-newsletter. These are selected for their continued value to readers. This combination of creating substantial new content, along with revisiting previous topics, appears to work well for readers. Also, thank you for your story recommendation. Our editors do plan on more coverage of the topic of window restoration in historic preservation projects. So, thank you again. Keep the feedback coming! - Sharon Steele, publisher, D+D

Comment from Robert Burke, Burke Painting Company in Wilmington, DE, (6/5/2012, 8:50 AM)

Wood sashes in many cases I feel don't need to be removed due to distruptions to the interior trim etc. We can strip the windows in place will a chemical paste, replace broken glass if needed, prime and then glaze as needed and then apply two finish coats. If the homeowner has a bigger budget we will then remove and bring back to our shop for repairs etc. The problem with a homeowner with a big budget and wood sashes is that they will buy high end replacement double hung windows, even in historic homes. And then you run across the homeowner who loves the windows the way they are. We finished a paint job where we stripped all the siding on the entire house because they loved the real wood siding and we rebuilt their old screens and storms that hinge at the top and hook at the bottom, that was costly but they loved them! We are going to start another metal casement restoration in July, the homeowner loves the look of the 59 old metal windows!

Comment from Robert Burke, Burke Painting Company in Wilmington, DE, (6/8/2012, 1:43 PM)

We just signed a contract with the Town of Elsmere in Delaware to restore the exterior of their large wood windows which have lead based paint. Also we have signed a contract for lead based paint removal with Habitat for Humanity. They do not want their workers or volunteers doing this kind of work. We are promoting this type of work in get better business and separate ourselves from the make it or break it painters. If other companies would let this publishing company know about thier work, I'm sure they would be happy to write about it and I'm sure those companies would like their article being featured again, thanks D+D

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