Traditional Building examines how Marvin windows help match historical details with modern windows

Writing for Traditional Home magazine, architectural historian and technical consultant Gordon Bock examines how reproducing historic wood windows involves dealing with many design details that don’t exist in today’s windows. He writes:

Wouldn’t it be great if the garden variety windows made today were the same as those made 100 and 200 years ago? No one would have a problem finding good matches for historic buildings but — no surprise — it is not so simple. Not only have architectural styles changed, but also our expectations of how windows should perform. Since the difference between off-target and dead-on often turns on fractions of an inch, here are some insights on the subtle details that can often make or break a historic window project.

Later in the article, Bock references a conversation with Christine Marvin of Marvin Windows and Doors, in which she discusses part of the company’s approach to honoring historic details.

It is easy to obsess on the minutiae of sash and muntins, but the success of a reproduction window can also hinge on the frame that carries the sash and the trim work that surrounds it. [...] Marvin says that by using what they call a rapid prototype machine, they are able to take shop drawings and profiles and, on a fairly quick turnaround, create a corner sample of the exterior design replication. “This enables us to bring it to the job site or architect’s office, and even put it in the opening to see how it looks and works in the rough opening.”

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