Get window advice and solutions from the experts
It is often said that one of the most problematic elements of building construction is fenestration. The problems are compounded in historic buildings, where wood or metal windows have deteriorated and the restore-or-replace decision can be key to keeping the project within budget. M&A has been restoring windows for over decades, using a combination of stabilization joinery, custom fitted wood patches made from the same species, grain, and profile, and limited epoxy consolidation techniques. When windows are not cost-effective to repair and there is a decision to replace them to match the existing windows, M&A can offer a range of replica or period-appropriate wood windows.
Find the correct combination of techniques and products needed for your specific project
We are available to assess the condition of historic windows and to recommend cost-effective means of making them operable and weather-tight, including the use of interior or exterior storm panels and screens, weather protection using weatherstripping, flashing, insulation, and caulking, replacement of weights and chains for smooth operation and tight fit, and the replacement of single-glazing with insulated glass. Not every technique for restoration or weatherizing is necessary or appropriate for every situation.
Make sure you meet preservation guidelines in your district
M&A welcomes calls from property managers and owners who are looking to solve building fenestration problems, or have other challenges to maintain the exterior and interior woodwork in their heritage property. We are available to work with the district historical commission to review preservation restrictions and ensure that the renovations planned are within guidelines. Additionally, we are proud of our safety record and proud to be recognized as a MA AGC Safety Award winner.
M&A is proud to have been part of the construction team for the following owners of national and state landmarks and heritage properties:
- ADD Inc. Berkeley Investments, Inc.
- Boston Public Library
- Boston Symphony Orchestra
- Brown University
- City of Boston
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- Essex County Community Foundation
- Gallaudet University
- Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center
- Harvard University
- Harvard University Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
- International Yacht Restoration School
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- Longyear Foundation
- Massachusetts Court System
- National Park Service
- New Bedford Whaling Museum
- Partners Healthcare
- Smithsonian Institution
- The Bostonian Society
- The Vilna Shul Trinity Management, LLC
- U. S. National Archives and Records Administration
- Wellesley College
- Williams College
- Yale University
- Channel Center Holdings
- Lowell National Historic Park
- National Park Service
For more information, about how M&A can help you maintain and improve your historic property, please contact Rich Muckle.
“Of the many preservation professionals that I had the opportunity to work with and learn from, M&A is one of the premier contractors I know. The passion and commitment to excellence Sue and Rich bring to projects both small and large always results in the finest of workmanship (Rich Muckle is one of the finest joiners I have ever met). Their projects always exceed original expectations, something I’ve witnessed first-hand for over thirty years in historic preservation. I have always, even during the most difficult undertakings, been pleased and proud to be associated with M&A’s final results. This experience leaves me with the hope to have the Muckles’ and their team involved in any of the preservation projects that I may be working on.”
W. Lewis Barlow, IV, FAIA, FAPT, Senior Historical Architect (Retired), National Park Service, US/DOI