Over the years, Hodges Windows & Doors has provided restoration expertise to many historical properties in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. We've restored and replaced windows and doors on historic private residences as well as national treasures, including the White House.
Historical properties are usually maintained according to strict guidelines. We pride ourselves at Hodges Windows & Doors on our extensive experience and expertise in meeting exacting historical property regulations.
If you have an aging property that needs careful, historically-appropriate renovation, give us a call and we'd be happy to discuss your specific needs. Contact Hodges Windows & Doors for historical renovations in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
What qualifies as a historic window?
What qualifies as a historic window varies widely by jurisdiction — but generally speaking, they're going to be a century or older, made of wood, have more and smaller panes, and be installed within a structure listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places. Modifications to properties on this list must follow the 10 standards prescribed in The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. The goal of this is to preserve the integrity of historic materials and features as much as possible, and thus the look and feel of a historic building or district.
What styles of historic windows are most prevalent in the Mid-Atlantic region?
Wooden casement and single-hung casement windows are the most prevalent style of historic window in the Mid-Atlantic region, and find themselves attractively integrated into Greek revival, Italianate, and American colonial architecture.
Is it better to restore or replace a historic window?
If you're consulting the National Parks Service, who administers The Secretary of the Interior's Standards of Rehabilitation, it's always better to restore a historic window than replace it. While nothing is more authentic than an original, historic window restoration can be an involved and complicated process, verging on an art form.
From a practical perspective, replacement historic windows will often be far better in terms of operational and energy efficiency. Again, it's a matter of judgment often at the discretion of your local jurisdiction.
How periodically and architecturally accurate are replacement historic windows?
Replacement historic windows can be made quite periodically and architecturally accurate, with the best manufacturers going to great lengths to replicate the same style and character of older windows while introducing modern technologies such as double or triple pane glass and low-e coatings to greatly improve their insulating and UV filtration properties.
Can historic windows be made energy efficient?
Even restored historic windows can be made energy efficient with some TLC. First, patch, seal, prime, and paint the wooden frames. Remove and replace any cracked or broken glass panes. Lastly, pair with a high-quality storm window to boost energy efficiency and shield from the elements.
The installer, who I think was Tom Langworthy, did excellent work. He was respectful of our space and cleaned up after himself. He always conducted himself in a professional manner. He seems highly competent and he engenders confidence in his workmanship.
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We enjoyed meeting with Brian Whitehouse and were impressed with his ability to explain our options, always respecting our wishes and never annoying us with hard-sell tactics...It was such a pleasure to deal with people who know their job and do it well.
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Everything was excellent. The salesman offered good advice and provided examples of how the end result would look. Hodges' workers arrived on time and worked quickly. The lead installer was quite knowledgeable as well, so the job was done neatly and without incident.
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We will definitely be using Hodges again when we look to replace some windows in our house
I just wanted to express my appreciation to the team your company sent to install a few doors and repair windows in our house. They were professional, caring, cooperative and extremely courteous. They are a major asset to your company. On the whole, our experience with the Hodges Company has been very positive and we happily recommend your services to others.
Tom is definitely a master craftsman and did an excellent job. Just want you and the company to know that both Tom and Larry did an outstanding job and we are very pleased with the results.
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Your guys did a great job. The temperature in the house is up by 3 degrees and the heat pump is running half as much.