Glazing & Glass Replacement

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We remove failing glaze and add new glaze where needed, followed up with two coats of paint. We also replace broken glass when it is part of a larger restoration project.

Glaze is the putty that seals the pane of glass to the wood window sash. Glaze is made to remain elastic when cured so it can adjust to the seasonal swelling and contracting of wood windows. Over decades (and in areas with the most sun and water exposure) glaze becomes too dry to remain pliable and looses its elasticity. As it becomes brittle, it cracks and begins to fall away. If left to deteriotate further, glass can eventually become loose in the window. In addition to giving your house a worn look, failing glaze leads to draftiness and weathering of the wood that can result in rot. Over time, reglazing your windows becomes necessary. This project gives windows a fresh look, reestablishes a weathertight seal, and conditions and protects the wood.

When we perform glazing work, we first remove all glaze that is loose. Next, we clean the exposed wood and prime with linseed oil. We then apply top-quality glazing compound. New glaze needs to be sealed with paint so that it does not dry too quickly and become brittle again, but glaze also needs to cure in place before it will hold paint. This curing process typically takes 2-3 weeks. We return after this curing time to apply two coats of paint, ensuring your new glaze with last for decades.


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