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Versatile Wood Products is proud to present our new line INGENUITY™, semi-custom solid wood windows designed to match period and antique home styles. When it comes to renovating historical architecture, it can be costly when modern commercial off the shelf products do not fit the original design. We created this line with historic properties in mind, featuring period-appropriate details and traditional construction. From Victorian to Mid-Century, INGENUITY™ offers top quality and value.

The  Koehler Family Craftsman Home

This classic Craftsman home is brought back to its original character with all-wood windows, made by hand in Portland, Oregon. The dramatic quadruple mulled double hung assembly adds light, air, and traditional sensibility to the elevation.

Versatile Wood Products’ first customer for the INGENUITY™ historical window line is the Koehler Family in Portland, Oregon. Every home has a story. This 1911 Craftsman has a newer addition in the rear of the house, which means construction that varies from the original methods. Modern  framing uses wider lumber. With INGENUITY™, we offer jamb depths (including extensions in any size) that will work with any wall thickness, from any era.

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Thor is working on a quadruple mulled double hung unit. For traditional weight-and-pulley assemblies, adequate space must be allowed for the weights to travel between the frames.

The INGENUITY™ window line was created to offer a competitively priced solid wood, handmade window with the versatility needed to address most any building scenario. Streamlining the design choices reduced manufacturing costs and makes specifying simple.  Most importantly, INGENUITY™ windows were designed to maintain that period look and feel of the original home that commercial-off-the-shelf windows cannot provide.  Preserving Portland’s architectural beauty is all in the details.

INGENUITY Historical Window Assembly

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Natural wood varies in density, so even when sash are the same dimensions, the weights are different. For perfect balance, each weight system must be calibrated for the specific sash it needs to carry. Careful measuring and labeling must take place for this part of the build. These sash will glide easily and stay put.

Seen here, Craftsman Henry assembles the sash weights to the INGENUITY™ windows.  The Koehler family upgraded to traditional weight-and-pulley balances for the double-hung windows. INGENUITY™ windows can come as individual units, or mulled together with a continuous subsill. This effort required double and quad units in addition to singletons.

INGENUITY Hardware Systems

INGENUITY™ hardware systems come in oil rubbed bronze, chrome, nickel and brass (polished or satin available for nickel and brass). These pulleys are as elegant as they are robust, with sash lifts and locks to coordinate.

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Ready with bows on! With the sash cord prepped and ready, the units are prepared for a safe delivery. The top sash are sent out loose to make the large units easier to handle. Next step, installation!

Versatile is not your average commercial off-the-shelf window manufacturer. We provide historically accurate windows made by hand, in Portland Oregon, that are built to fit any original window opening.  Want to keep your original jamb? We offer inserts with spring balance operation as well, which install in a snap without having to demo your original woodwork. Looking for casements or picture windows? Divided lights, or obscured glass? INGENUITY™ has a design solution for you. Our experienced team specializes in balancing original period designs with modern technology and has created a repeatable process to create economical alternatives, whatever your design needs.

Come see our showroom at 2303 N. Randolph Ave., Portland, OR 97227
Mon – Fri 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Restore or Replace Your Window — 5 Quick Checks to Decide

We get this question every day at Versatile: When is it better to restore or replace your existing windows?

Here’s a quick check guide to evaluating the condition and value of your current windows. This will help to discover which option may be best for you.

1. IS THERE ROT?

Restore or Replace

Any window components with dry rot will need to be replaced. In some cases, if the rot is very minimal, the rotted portion can be removed and filled with epoxy. Proceed with caution. The removal of too much wood from the frame and sill can compromise its strength and create future problems.

How can you tell if you have dry rot? Take a pocket knife or a screwdriver (shown above) and poke it at the wood of the casing, sill and check rails. If the knife goes right in like butter, you have rot.

2. DOES THE WINDOW HAVE THE ORIGINAL WAVY OR LEADED GLASS?

Restore or Replace

Often there is a good reason to restore a window. You may want to conserve the original wavy glass or a beautiful leaded glass element. It is possible to restore antique leaded glass and we have great relationships with some local experts in that process.

If the frame and sash are rot-free, it may be worth it to remove, strip, restore and repaint the existing window.

Just be aware that conserving the glass will come at a cost. Surprisingly, repairing a window to conserve the glass can end up being more expensive than replacing it. This is due to the higher labor costs for repair vs. replacement.

Also, single pane glass has an R Factor (insulating factor) of 0 to 1. From an energy efficiency standpoint, single pane windows are like open holes in your home letting heat leak out constantly. You’ll want to consider window coverings that will help counterbalance the poor insulating qualities of your single pane historic windows.

3. IS THE WOOD IN THE WINDOWS ORIGINAL TO THE HOME? IS IT OLD GROWTH OR HISTORIC?

Restore or Replace

If your old growth wood windows have elements of rot, you will most likely benefit by replacing those components. The good news is that Versatile can exactly match the casing and sticking profiles of your existing wood windows. They will blend in seamlessly with the other windows in your home.

If your old-growth wood is rot-free, you can choose to conserve the wood and re-glaze the window with high performance glass. This will improve its R factor while keeping most of the original wood intact.
Be aware: Doing this will make the window heavier. Double hungs may require adding weight to your existing weight pockets.

Re-glazing will also require modification of that sash that can be both expensive and less durable than a new sash designed to accommodate insulated glass.

4. IS YOUR GOAL TO HAVE A WARMER OR MORE COMFORTABLE ROOM?

Restore or Replace

If your goal in addressing your existing window is to make it less chilly and drafty near the window (or you need to meet the new stricter energy efficiency codes), replacement is going to be your best option. Even if you only plan to replace one window in a room, using a simulated divided lite window with the appropriate coatings will make a big difference in how much insulation value the window has and how comfortable a space feels.

And don’t worry- there are both custom and manufactured options for simulated divided lite windows which means the window can be designed to exactly match your other existing windows if that is your preference.

5. WILL YOU MAINTAIN IT?

Restore or Replace

If it is already part of your home maintenance routine to repaint your window exteriors every few years, the investment in repairing an existing wood window may be worthwhile.

Otherwise, replacing with new aluminum clad or fiberglass sash, inserts or tilt pacs will dramatically reduce your maintenance requirements over the lifetime of the windows. Clad windows never need to be re-painted and will stay colorfast for the lifetime of the window.

Have a window you would like some expert advice on? Feel free to contact us at quotes@versatilewp.com. We can help you determine if you need to restore or replace your windows.

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