Weatherstripping: Making Old Windows Energy Efficient
This workshop is part of the upcoming 6th Annual Windows Preservation Alliance Conference. Learn more about the conference and how you can sign up for this workshop and others.
Weatherstripping: Making Old Windows Energy Efficient – Part 1 & Part 2
Proper weatherstripping is a critical component to improving the energy efficiency of wood windows and saving them from the landfill.
Part 1 (1-hour)
Saturday, October 8 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
The first part of our Weatherstripping journey will begin with a Show & Tell Shop Tour of Accurate Machine Made (workshop location). We will tell the story of our path from installers of Accurate metal interlocking weatherstrip, to owners/stewards of 5 Accurate 100 year old machines that manufacture this superior weatherstripping. Purchasing these machines was the beginning of the Accurate Machine Made business, and we’ll show you how it’s actually made on these antique machines that are still going strong today.
Part 2 (1-hour)
Saturday, October 8 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
This workshop will discuss the how, what, when, where, and why of weatherstripping, and its use to seal air leaks from windows and doors. The various types of weatherstrip available on the market today, and their application will be covered. We’ll cover what to use where, and how to mix and match products when necessary.
Presenters: Marc & Carl Bagala
Carl has worked with his brother, Marc, for over the past 25 years in Marc’s businesses, Bagala Window Works and Accurate Machine Made. He also runs his own business manufacturing lead bullets. In 2016, he joined the Bagala businesses full-time as a Project Supervisor, and he also runs the weatherstrip shop at Accurate Machine Made. As Accurate has grown in sales, Carl spends most of his days running the original 100+ year old weatherstrip machines in the shop. He loves machinery, and how it works and can be “finagled” to work even better. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of window restoration and weatherstrip installation with customers while helping them with their weatherstripping orders.
In his free time, Carl enjoys golfing, all New England sport teams, and spending time with his wife and two daughters in Gorham.
Marc started his preservation journey 35 years ago, learning to make windows and doors energy efficient with Accurate Metal Interlocking Weatherstrip. Expanding on this nearly lost trade, he picked the brains of every preservationist he could find, to learn everything he could about architectural preservation and historic windows and doors. Now, Marc likes to say, “I’ve never met a window I couldn’t restore”, and he feels very fortunate that so many people over the years have allowed him to restore their original windows. Marc realizes he cannot save all the windows in the world that need saving, so now he teaches others what he knows, vicariously preserving windows through them.
When not working in the shop, he loves fishing, and learning about and trying to understand the physical world around us. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Ann, and their two grown sons.