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Historic Wood Repair in Newton, MA

This once lovely window beneath the eaves of an historic home in Newton MA. had deteriorated after long years of exposure to the elements. To recreate a window such as this would costs a small fortune, and since 90% of it’s casing remained sound, replacement seemed unnecessarily wasteful. Catchlight was hired to paint the home’s exterior trim and restore the window to its former glory. Several members of our crew are expert in the repair and restoration of architectural features both historic and contemporary.

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In order to access the upper trim and weathered window on the home's third floor, scaffolding was needed.
In close-up it's easy to appreciate the window's inherent beauty as well as its need for repair!
Pieces of loose paint, caulk and wood are gently removed; much of the wood will be set back into place. (Puzzle skill a plus!)
Here a liquid priming agent is applied. This primer penetrates deeply into the wood fibers insuring a strong, durable, subsurface bond between wood and the epoxy resin that we will use to fill voids and reconstruct missing elements.
The epoxy resin effectively seals and fortifies the old wood. Like clay, it can be shaped and sculpted while moist. This is a specialty product, one we employ frequently where age or dry rot present a challenge.
The window, much improved, still has a ways to go. A second application of epoxy will be applied and shaped so that the bottom, side and top edges of the window casing are once again uniform.
Voila; we have successfully turned back the clock! This lovely window is once again as strong and stately as the day it was crafted, over 120 years ago. There are not many carpenters around today with the old-school knowledge and skill needed to create a window such as this, nor painters capable of such restorative repair. We're proud of what we were able to achieve.

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Meetinghouse Enterprises      189 Bridge St      Northampton, MA 01060      Email:

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