Published on Friday, August 18, 2017

Rehabber Club Hosts Wood Window Repair and Certification Course

Taught and led by Steve Quillian of Wood Window Makeover

Contact:                Ximena Copa-Wiggins



SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 18, 2017) – The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) is hosting a Wood Window Repair and Certification Course on August 18, 19, and 21-25 at 458 Furr Drive in the Monticello Park Historic District. The event is part of OHP’s Rehabber Club initiative, which seeks to build and support a network of do-it-yourselfers, craftsmen, contractors, historic homeowners, realtors, and everyday citizens to revitalize San Antonio’s historic buildings.  District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval will be greeting participants on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 10:00 a.m.

“Historic windows have lasted for decades, and with regular repair and maintenance, they can last for many decades more,” said OHP Director Shanon Miller. “This window workshop is providing much needed assistance to the homeowner, who is in the process of repairing this historic home following a devastating fire. This particular home was identified through a Historic and Design Review Commission case and was part of OHP’s Vacant Building Registration Program.”

There are several registration options, ranging from beginner-level to advanced:

  • Level 1: Saturday, Aug. 19 - A one-day course specifically designed for homeowners and do-it-yourselfers covering terminology, tools, and techniques behind stripping, refinishing, and reglazing.
  • Level 2: Friday, Aug. 18 & Saturday, Aug. 19 - Two-day Rehabber Club Contractor Certification Course ideal for contractors, professionals, students, or homeowners looking to become skilled in wood window repair and potentially offer repair as a service to others. Participants will be added to the Office of Historic Preservation's Certified Contractor List!
  • Level 3: Monday, Aug. 21 to Friday, Aug. 25 - An advanced, five day workshop, geared towards experienced window repair contractors seeking advanced training or individuals looking to enter the wood window repair business professionally. Topics will include mortise and tenon joinery, constructing new sashes in the field and fitting them into existing frames (scribing, planing, and cutting), casement hardware options, and more.
  • Level 4: Friday, Aug. 18 to Friday, Aug. 25: Full seven-day Course & Workshop

First two levels include the opportunity to join the advanced course on Friday, August 25 for the final painting of both the sashes and surrounding trim.

All courses will be taught and led by Steve Quillian of Wood Window Makeover. He is passionate about using social media and technology to democratize the skill of wood window repair, conducting workshops all over the country. Mr. Quillian has extensive experience repairing, restoring, and reconstructing some of the most complex historic windows. Wood Window Makeover is also the title sponsor and will be offering window repair shops at the 9th Annual Historic Homeowner Fair, on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Pearl Stable. 

Wood window repair is a high-demand skill in San Antonio’s 28 historic districts and all over the city. Courses like this one – taught by highly skilled and reputable contractors – can help provide job training for individuals and contractors seeking to develop a business in this field. 

Historic wood windows feature extremely durable old growth lumber. They are composed of individual components that can be repaired or replaced over time without requiring removal of the entire window system as opposed to replacement windows, which can only be replaced. This is a wasteful cycle which contributes to landfill. Caulking and weather-stripping can make historic windows air tight, and installing a low-profile storm window that is clipped into place can make a historic window just as energy efficient as a new replacement. Replacement windows, even ones with the best quality, only last about 20 years, so when you look at the long term investment, repairing windows is also cheaper. This event, and others provided by the Rehabber Club, hopes to provide the tools and resources to help homeowners, contractors, volunteers, and community members alike reinvest in San Antonio’s historic resources.

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