Window restoration services are an important part of maintaining the character and charm of older buildings whether they are churches, office buildings, or shopping centers. The past decade has seen a growing trend towards restoring old buildings to promote sustainability, pride in community, and aesthetics.
Older buildings are a testament to a community’s history and values. They can be symbols of academic, religious, and business heritage. Extending the lives of these buildings can be a complex process but also a cost-effective one. It’s a long-term investment in well-built, energy-efficient structures that can, with proper care and maintenance, last centuries.
Window Restoration Services: More than Window Cleaning
Windows are a key feature of older buildings. Many buildings were constructed with an abundance of windows to take advantage of the sun’s natural heating and lighting properties. At some point in a commercial restoration or renovation, the decision must be made whether to replace or clean and restore the existing windows. In nearly every case, it’s usually a wiser choice to restore.
Commercial glass restoration services often include window cleaning as part of the process, but restoring your building’s windows is a much bigger project than cleaning alone.
Many factors that contribute to commercial window stains and scratches, including incorrect cleaning products, hard water, atmospheric pollutants, overspray, and leeching from adjacent building materials. Window restoration services can remove these imperfections and save you substantial money over replacing the windows.
There are many stain and scratch removal systems on the market. Whichever one you choose, what often matters most is the skill of the person doing the work. Window glass restoration is a technology that requires a great deal of training and continuous learning. For over 25 years, Presto Restoration has specialized in cost-effective window restoration services that are a fraction of the cost of replacing windows. And once we complete the restoration process, we install a silicone protective treatment to the glass to protect it from staining and corrosion.
Window Frame Restoration
One of our favorite examples of the difference window restoration services can make is The Meadows Building in Dallas, Texas, where we were hired to restore the window frames and glass to metal joints. It took us six months to clean and restore the metal window frames in the 70-year old building, but everyone agreed the results were well worth the time and effort.
Window frames often develop the same unsightly stains glass does. Environmental pollutants and cleaning products collect on the frames and contribute to a high concentration of contamination. Since many building owners and managers don’t include window frame services as part of their regular maintenance program, there’s usually years of build-up that needs to be removed.
Many commercial window restoration services rely on abrasive or harsh chemical techniques to restore window frames. At Presto, we believe metal surfaces should be given the same safe and careful maintenance as glass surfaces. We use the right combination of products and techniques to maintain and polish window frame finishes without further damaging the surface.
In cases where the frames have been seriously damaged, painting might be required. But painted window frames often require frequent and costly upkeep. In most cases, Presto’s anodized aluminum window frame restoration services save the window frame coating without requiring the surface to be painted over. We always recommend investing in metal restoration whenever possible.
Wet glazing services create a uniform appearance both inside and outside a window. They’re used to replace non-functional window gaskets that have deteriorated due to weathering. Wet glazing between the window and frame restores the moisture barrier needed to keep water and moisture out.
Window Frame Caulking and Masonry Repairs
Presto’s commercial sealants are used on glass, metal, and precast surfaces to prevent water penetration. Caulking around the window frame exterior ensures a tight seal that keeps out moisture, air, pests, and more. To renew a building’s complete waterproof capabilities, masonry restoration is often required at the same time as window restoration. This ensures that there are no leaks between the window frame and the rest of the building. This also ensure that any design features that were incorporated in the window setting look their best and the building’s overall aesthetic is maintained.
Good Looks, Energy-Efficiency, and Cost-Savings
Preserving a building’s original windows preserves its historic fabric. Repairing and restoring over replacing is, in our opinion, always the best path.
Commercial window restoration services performed by experienced professionals are not just about good looks. They’re a critical maintenance task that ensures your commercial high-rise, industrial structure, business park, or multi-family complex is protected from water damage and air leaks. Presto’s proprietary line of field-tested, industry-leading sealants and coating systems provide the exceptional waterproofing and protective services your building needs to keep it looking great no matter its age.
When choosing a commercial window restoration services company, it’s important to work with one that has extensive experience in both glass and masonry restoration services to ensure future glass staining is avoided. If you are considering a facelift for your building, call us at 1-800-785-9927 or request a quote.