Bagala Window Works Resources

It’s now Elementary Science – historic windows are better!

A sixth grade science project conducted by a 12-year-old elementary school student in Indiana is receiving lots of attention from preservation experts.  Daniel Linley, who lives in an 100 year old Dutch Colonial placed a bet with his Dad that new double paned replacement windows would be better than the homes 1926 sash-and-storm combination.  After conducting his experiment he lost the bet to his Dad but won first prize and learned the value of historic windows. Read more about Daniel and his experiment here.

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BWW Heads to PTN workshop in Charleston, South Carolina

Later this month Bagala Window Works will attend the 16th annual International Preservation Trades Workshop – Cornerstones: Collaborative Approaches to Preservation. 

One of the highlights of this year’s conference,  BWW owner and president, Marc Bagala, will be presenting a workshop called “24 years and hundreds of windows later”.   Encompassing advice on operating and growing a successful window restoration business, he will share his unique experiences, what he’s learned over the years, and some helpful dos and don’ts.



Incredible Panoramas of Abandoned Places

Matthew Christopher is preserving historic buildings in his own way. He uses photography to document old, endangered and abandoned buildings that, sadly, might not be preserved in any other way. His unique 360-degree panoramas tell the story of an “abandoned America” with an architectural grandeur that begs to be renewed and restored.  The photos are a powerful and eloquent argument for historic preservation. Read more about Christopher’s work at the Preservation Nation blog, and view the photos at Christopher’s website,

The Greenest Building – A New Report from the Preservation Green Lab

If you care about preserving historic building and about the environment, here’s some good reading. It’s a new report from the Preservation Green Lab that examines the environmental benefits of building reuse compared with demolition and rebuilding. The conclusion?

When comparing buildings of equivalent size and function, building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction.

Not that we needed another excuse at BWW to continue lavishing historic windows with TLC, but it’s nice to see laid out so nicely what we’ve always known: Saving historic buildings and protecting the environment go hand in hand.

For more about the report, visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s report page.

The Steam Stripper on This Old House

The Steam StripperOur colleague, Alison Hardy, and her window restoration team at Window Woman of New England are featured on this season of This Old House. Episode 6 includes an excellent view of what window restoration really looks like in the shop. Making an appearance with Alison’s team? The Steam Steam Stripper!

Watch it here.

The Greenest Building (is the one that’s already there)

This is one of the most important reasons that we do what we do:

Geneva, IL Preservation Commission Guide to Windows

If you’re trying to decide whether to repair or replace your windows, the Geneva, Illinois Historic Preservation Commission’s Guide to Windows has some great ideas for you to consider, especially concerning energy efficiency. Here’s an excerpt about the carbon footprint of restored windows:

An important aspect of sustainability and energy efficiency is reduction of the carbon footprint.   If it is feasible to repair older wood windows, is it sustainable to throw them out and replace them with a new product? Removing and disposing a repairable material, manufacturing a new product, and using fossil fuels to transport the product to the site all contribute to the production of green house gas emissions. The inherent “embodied energy” which is lost when disposing of repairable windows should be considered when evaluating window replacement as a way to improve energy efficiency. While replacement offers one solution, the total impact of replacing windows on the environment may outweigh the perceived benefits.

Window Restoration 101

Stripping A Sash with the Steam Stripper

Steam Stripper Demonstration