Instructor Paul Schmidt at the 2012 Statewide Preservation Conference in Fergus Falls

Learn how to repair, restore, and weather strip your home’s old windows in evening classes offered in Spring 2013 through St. Paul Public School’s Community Education.  Even if you don’t plan to do the work yourself, you’ll learn the basics and vocabulary to hire a competent contractor.  Instructor Paul Schmidt, a local window restoration expert, brings window samples, tools, and materials to class to give students an up-close look.  Paul tailors his advice to the students’ specific projects.

Window Restoration: Energy Efficiency is offered on February 25 and repeated on May 13; Window Restoration: Glazing Repair will be held on March 4 and May 20.  All classes are 6 – 9 PM at Ramsey Junior HighRegistration is online.

Original windows are character-defining features of a building and should be repaired rather than replaced.  Replacement windows often cost more than repairing the originals, and the new materials won’t last as long as historic wood frames.  For an excellent discussion of replacement versus repair, complete with loads of photos, see the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Repair or Replace Old Windows: A Visual Look at the Impacts.

paul-schmidt You may recognize Paul Schmidt, owner of Restoration Window Systems, from his presentations at past Minnesota Statewide Historic Preservation Conferences, most recently at the 2012 Fergus Falls conference, where he demonstrated window restoration techniques at the former Northern Pacific Depot.