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1. Weather Stripping

 

We prefer to use zinc and bronze weather strip and avoid vinyl and rubber. The metals are much more durable, and they sound and look better. Generally our doors receive traditional spring bronze perimeter seal and a one piece polished bronze interlocking threshold. The appearance and feel of these metals says quality and makes one's passage through the opening dignified. The sound and feel of many currently manufactured steel doors with their magnetic rubberized seal likens more to a refrigerator than architecture. When the tolerances are correct and the hinge mount sound, a door with bronze weather strip will offer a satisfying swish and clunk, not the rub and smush of rubber gaskets. 

Our windows receive zinc metal interlocking weather strip, as shown in the first photo. Zinc never, ever rusts and maintains dull silvery sheen for decades. In the second photo, an arrow shows where where dust blocks are installed. Ours is supplied through the original manufacturer first established in the 19th century. Indeed it is their metal, in the exact profiles we use today, that is on many windows we restore. Significant training and experience is necessary to know the broad varieties of shapes and their correct installation. We're so happy to be able to get this material from the original source, it is a key to our authentic reproductions and restorations.

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