Free window restoration workshop in Clarkston

Homeowners, contractors and builders are invited to attend a free workshop on February 4 to learn how to repair wood windows. The workshop is scheduled from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at 5331 Maybee Road in Clarkston, the original, historic building for the Sashabaw Plains Presbyterian Church. 
 
Participants will receive hands-on training for the removal, repair and maintenance of wood windows, and be instructed on specific techniques to improve the efficiency of older windows.  Tools and all supplies will be provided for use during the workshop.
 
“A well-maintained 100-year-old wood window with a wood framed storm can often out-perform a new replacement window that has double-pane glazing,” said Jim Turner, the workshop instructor.
 
Recent studies in side by side testing of restored wood windows and new replacements found the wood windows were equal to or outperformed the newer ones in 13 out of 15 windows test conducted, according to Ron Campbell,a preservation architect with Oakland County Planning and Economic Development Services .  Additionally, Campbell notes that repairing rather than replacing is much more cost effective for the owner.  “Typically repairing is ½ to ¾ less than replacing not to mention the green aspect of reuse rather taking them to a landfill,” says Campbell.
 
This project is being sponsored by the Clarkston Community Historical Society, Clarkston Historic District Commission, Daughters of the American Revolution Sashabaw Plains Chapter, Michigan Historic Preservation Network, Oakland County Historical Commission, Sashabaw Presbyterian Church and Oakland County Economic Development & Community Affairs.
 
For more information about the workshop or the project, please contact Ron Campbell, AIA, at campbellr@oakgov.com.