Depending on a project’s scope of work or if your house resides in a local historic district certain certificates and permits may be required. SWR will apply for and retrieve all necessary documentation for the work included on the signed contract prior to the project start date and will follow up after project completion to ensure all permits are closed and inspections have passed.
Although it is not recommended, if you wish to proceed with the Certificate/Permit Process yourself SWR cannot perform any work on the project until the proper certificates and permits have been posted.
Whether you are interested in having your door/s repaired, rehung, stripped and stained, stripped and painted, a broken pane of glass fixed, etc… SWR can help you tackle the restoration of any wooden door. SWR uses heat, steam, and hand tools to take away the layers of paint that build up on doors (and windows) over time.
SWR can also repair, restore, and mill door jambs, apply weather-stripping to a door/door jamb, and make repairs to hinge areas. Please read through some of our other services to learn more!
A project manager trained in restoration and preservation can schedule an on-site evaluation of a project. He/she will meet the client at the project site, evaluate the condition of the features, prioritize the client’s needs and wants, determine the worst cases and repairs, and document the evaluation through measurements, notes, and pictures. The project manager will then draw up estimates (typically the worst cases or the client’s priorities listed first) with notes, possible additional tasks that might arise or that the client may have requested, and recommendations on the project. The project manager will send all of this information to the client with additional information on SWR’s procedures, pricing, and terminology. SWR’s ultimate goal is to keep the historic character of your home intact; we will recommend what is best for your home whether that includes our services or not.
SWR does charge a fee for the evaluation, estimate, and recommendations. If both the client and SWR sign a contract the fee will be credited to the client’s first invoice. The fee is based on the location of the project and how many features of varying style and size are included in the estimate. Submit an inquiry to learn more!
Using only the best materials, SWR mills reclaimed lumber into the parts and pieces of all types of doors. SWR can build a door to your specifications: one pane of glass or twelve panes of glass; one panel or no panels. If you live in a historic district, SWR will also work with the Historic District Landmarks Commission and Vieux Carre Commision to get the design approved prior to the fabrication of a door.
SWR can also mill and assemble the door jamb if one does not already exist or if the existing jamb needs to be replaced.
SWR recommends old growth cypress lumber for any feature, especially those that will be exposed to the elements.
Other than windows, doors, and screens SWR can fabricate a number of other wood features for your home or building. These can include board and batten shutters, panel shutters, cabinets, railings, floorboards, sills, aprons, stools, exterior casing, interior casing, parting beads, interior and exterior stops, and more. All of these items are milled from reclaimed old growth cypress unless otherwise specified by a client.
SWR recommends old growth cypress lumber for any feature, especially those that will be exposed to the elements.
The ability to open your windows makes all the difference during the few cool nights NOLA does experience! SWR fabricates exterior screens for windows of all sizes and shapes. We can fabricate screens that fit under the upper sash or screens that attach over the entire window. SWR can also fabricate interior screens that slide on an interior track – your home may already have interior screen tracks! SWR will work with a client to determine what profile is desired for the trim, what screening material should be used, and the overall color/finish of the screens.
Exterior and interior screens are milled from reclaimed old growth cypress unless otherwise specified by a client. SWR recommends old growth cypress lumber for any feature, especially those that will be exposed to the elements.
While new windows of all materials are dominating the market, SWR sticks to our preservation ideals and builds wood windows the same way old cypress and pine windows were originally built. Using reclaimed old growth cypress and no nails or screws, SWR’s windows will last as long as original wood windows.
SWR can also mill and assemble the window jamb if one does not already exist or if the existing jamb needs to be replaced.
SWR can cut and fit glass to replace broken panes. When available SWR will use glass from our shop stock. When we do not have glass of a certain size or thickness in stock we call on our “Preservation Allies” for assistance.
If a client is interested in historic blown glass SWR can provide options and handle purchasing.
See Stained Glass to learn about our Stained Glass Restoration possibilities.
The maintenance of glazing is one of the most important maintenance tasks for your wood windows and doors. SWR can de-glaze and re-glaze your windows/doors while the windows/doors remain in-place or SWR can bring them back to the shop if more than re-glazing is necessary for preservation.
Glazing compound – a putty-like substance made up of a mixture of linseed oil and whiting. Glazing compound is applied to a window sash (or door) in order to seal all of the seams between a pane of glass and the wood muntins.
SWR does not recommend spot glazing. If glazing is properly installed it can last for decades without needing to be removed and re-glazed.
Painting the glazing in a timely manner after it is fully cured is critical to the life of the glazing. Unpainted glazing can either remain too dry or too damp resulting in cracking that allows water intrusion or the growing of mold. If SWR is not painting the glazing please talk to a project manager for guidance on painting the glazing.
Including: hinges, door knobs, locks, latches, bolts, pulleys/rollers
SWR can recommend types of hardware, search for recommended or requested hardware and consult with the client on preferences (color, aesthetic, functionality).
SWR can also install most hardware, however, for more complicated installations SWR may recommend a locksmith. SWR will consult and coordinate with a locksmith on the client’s behalf to ensure the hardware is correctly installed.
SWR restores hardware including scraping away old paint and slightly polishing pieces. SWR can recommend hardware restorers for broken hardware or if you want the hardware to be fully cleaned and polished.
*Please inform the project manager at the start of your project if you are changing any of the hardware on your windows, doors, etc…
Along with hanging shutters, casement windows, and doors SWR can also repair the areas of the jamb or on the feature itself where the hinges attach. This service can be completed during a full restoration or by itself. If you have a shutter, window, or door that is starting to sag – it is possible a failing hinge is to blame. Rotting wood is a major culprit of failing hinges; however bad or improper hinges can cause the rotting wood! SWR will help figure out the reason for a bad hinge area and recommend a fix.
SWR can prime and paint any feature you need. Some scraping and sanding might be needed prior to the application of primer/paint – a project manager can give you recommendations during an evaluation.
SWR can also color match existing paint on features included in the signed contract. SWR can provide the client with custom color and finish options or work off of a client’s request of a general idea of a color and will try/sample different paints for the best results.
After restoration or repairs if you would like someone other than SWR to complete the finish painting, SWR asks that we are able to give recommendations to the painter. If certain features are painted and caulked where they should not be it can ruin the restoration or repairs. SWR does not guarantee work if our recommendations are not followed.
If you are looking for new Pulleys/Rollers please see “Hardware Research.”
Pulley repairs are not extremely common but when issues with pulleys arise they keep windows from operating as they are meant to. SWR can replace the part of the jamb where the pulley is located and also replace the pulley itself if necessary.
When it comes to rotten wood SWR does not just replace the rotten pieces. SWR will also determine why the piece was deteriorating in the first place and determine a plan of action to prevent the rot from reoccurring. SWR will make small “dutchman” repairs when possible or will do full replacements – whichever option will give the feature longevity and durability.
If a client already has exterior or interior screens, SWR can restore them. Restoring screens typically entails scraping, sanding, and painting the frames and trim and installing new screening material.
For building new screens please see “Fabrication – Screens.”
Shutter restoration includes the steaming, scraping, sanding, minor repairs, priming, and painting of shutters.
SWR can repair operable and inoperable louvered shutters that are missing or have damaged louvers.
SWR will uninstall and rehang the shutters. If you have an issue with your hinges please see “Hinge Repair”
For the fabrication of shutters please see “Fabrication – Miscellaneous”
SWR can provide a client with custom options/stain colors to choose from or match an existing color.
If small repairs are needed on a stained feature SWR can match wood epoxy as best possible to the existing stain for the repairs.
SWR will give recommendations for colors and finishes for stains, varnishes, lacquers, and oils based on the type of feature that is being treated and where said feature will be located (indoors or outdoors).
After restoration or repairs if you would like someone other than SWR to complete the finish staining/oiling SWR only asks that we are able to give recommendations to the person performing this task. If certain features are filled or caulked where they should not be it can ruin the restoration or repairs. SWR does not guarantee work if our recommendations are not followed.
SWR does stained glass repairs! We can search for matching glass, make recommendations for repairs, and perform the repairs to your stained glass.
Weather-stripping will inhibit most weather issues that occur around the window sashes or doors including draftiness, bugs, water, etc… SWR uses a replaceable silicon weather-stripping that is not attached using adhesive or nails. For windows the weather-stripping can only be seen while a sash is open or uninstalled. SWR’s weather-stripping is not metal and will not promote rot. Weather-stripping can be performed during restoration, after restoration is complete, or on features that are not in need of restoration.
SWR can make your sashes operable again! Whether it is a matter of new sash cord, too much paint, or incorporating a new tension system SWR has made countless sashes operable once more.
Having operable sashes is imperative to the future of a window unit. SWR recommends having both the upper sash and the lower sash operable but will also fix the upper sash in place if requested by a client. Wood swells and contracts with the heat and moisture of Louisiana. Having operable sashes allows the wood to move and breath as it is meant to. If the sashes are painted or caulked shut the swelling and contracting will eventually cause the caulk and paint lines to crack and break, allowing water to seep in where it does not belong. Over time this will lead to rot and the eventual failure of your windows.
Window Sash repairs can include the replacement of rotten parts including meeting rails, stiles, bottom rails, muntins, rabbet fins – or making small Dutchman repairs, filling holes and gouges, and more!
Along with using old growth cypress for repairs and replacements, SWR uses only the best products in the industry for repairs and restoration.
See “Window Sash Restoration” for what is included in our restoration process
Restoration of window sashes includes the steaming, scraping, de-glazing, sanding, minor repairs, priming and painting, or oiling and staining, and re-glazing of the sashes to get the sashes in their original working order. While old wood sashes will never be “brand new,” if they are restored and maintained they will surpass your expectations in durability and energy efficiency.
If more than de-glazing and re-glazing is necessary than SWR will uninstall the windows, secure the opening, and work on the windows in the SWR shop. Upon completion SWR will reinstall the windows into their original openings.
A “Full Restoration” of window sashes also includes the scraping, sanding, repairs, priming, and painting of the jamb that the sashes run along, the parting beads, and the interior and exterior stops. A client can request for a project manager to provide restoration options based on the client’s budget, end goal for a project, and more.
See “Window Sash Repairs” for details on the repairs SWR regularly performs.