Many people believe older wood windows and doors can’t be fixed and should be replaced with modern insulated versions to stop air loss and regain energy efficiency. THAT’S NOT TRUE!
Well-maintained wood windows with quality weatherstripping are absolutely competitive with modern counterparts. In fact, newer replacement windows have estimated lifespans of only 15-20 years, whereas original 100 year old wooden windows that are properly cared for are still going strong today and will continue to last a century more.
Weatherstripping can reduce heating and cooling costs by as much as 30% while reducing uncomfortable drafts and keeping noise out.
Weatherstripping seals the openings of your doors and windows. This process prevents air loss and protects any unwanted things from getting into your home, such as rain and insects.
Weatherstripping is essential to making original wood windows and doors airtight and energy efficient. There are many advantages to installing weatherstripping, and when you choose Accurate Machine Made Weatherstripping, your efforts will last for decades.
Why Use Weatherstripping?
- Keep warm air inside during cold months
- Keep cool air inside during hot months
- Ease of operation
- Keeps out bugs
- Improved indoor air quality
- Adds considerable soundproofing
- Saves historic windows and doors from the landfill!
Why Choose Accurate Machine Made Weatherstripping?
There are many choices for weatherstripping on the market. Self-adhesive wool and foam may seem simpler to install. Vinyl and silicone weather strip may be cheaper. However, metal interlocking weatherstripping is far superior and longer lasting than these wimpy, lower-quality materials. Instead of a product that will crush over time and wear out, metal interlocking and spring bronze weatherstripping is incredibly rugged and will last for many years.
Not Just for Cold Climates
Weatherstripping isn’t only for keeping out cold winter winds. In warm climates, it helps keep air conditioning and cool air in. It is also one of the best sound proofing efforts you can imagine. Keeping drafts from traveling in and out of your home also improves indoor air quality considerably, preventing allergens and other harmful airborne toxins from entering your building. If you have noisy neighbors, a nearby train track, or a teenage drummer, it also is an excellent soundproofing material.
Another Added Benefit – Ease of Operation
A common complaint about older wooden windows and doors is that they are heavy and stick during operation. Previous attempts at sealing up leaks with wool batting and layers of paint take away their original beauty and can render them useless. These products don’t add any friction to window action. Once Accurate Machine Made weatherstripping is installed, owners are amazed at how easily their windows glide up and down, how smoothly their door operate, and how tightly these architectural components seal for the airtight operation they always wished for.
The Difference is Clear
Accurate Machine Made Weatherstrip owner, Marc Bagala, has 35 years’ experience installing weatherstripping and knows first-hand of the value of the Accurate products. It was learning and installing Accurate Metal Interlocking Weatherstrip that launched Marc’s window restoration career. When the original Accurate company, after over 100 years in operation, decided to close their doors in 2019, Marc knew he had to purchase the custom-designed and made roll forming machines from the company to carry on manufacturing. His window restoration company had come to depend on the metal interlocking products to give his own customers superior weatherstripping advantages. He knew these products had to remain available to building owners, contractors and installers.
Marc believes that if it wasn’t for Accurate metal interlocking weatherstripping products, tens of thousands of wood windows would be lost and we wouldn’t be restoring all the windows we are today. “Accurate is the best weatherstrip for stopping air infiltration, and keeping it out.”
People refer to Marc in the preservation world as “the weatherstripping guru” – he doesn’t mind it!
“We believe using these products gets you on the 100-year care plan when we are done with repairs and weatherstripping – giving more than a lifetime of satisfaction!”
Today, he and his brother, Carl, run the original 100-year old machines and continue to manufacture the weatherstrip they depended on for decades. They have run across just about every conundrum that can happen while weatherstripping a window or door, and this website is the perfect place to share their experience and passion – as well as these great products!
Whether you’re a weatherstrip installer or a DIY homeowner, we are here to help you. Through your purchase of Accurate weatherstripping, you are helping to maintain this important trade and save hundreds of thousands of windows from being replaced with inferior replacement windows.