Interior Details Identical to Your Original Windows

Traditional Sash Molding Profiles

Since window "manufacturing" (as opposed to on site fabrication) began in the  United States, a great deal of standardization has occurred. There is always the oddball out there, but for the most part, from around 1865 onward, there have only been a handful of predominant sash molding profiles. By far, the most common has been the "Roman Ogee" (upper left in illustration) and therefore this is our standard profile with others optional.

Actual Magnum Profile

Examples of Historic Profiles

As you can see, the Magnum Profile on the left is the same as the first image in the first row above and by far the most common profile. Other historic profiles are available at additional cost.

Glass Depth (offset)

The fact is, the actual geometry of the profile is so diminutive and intricate that most people couldn't pick theirs out of a line-up. However, what IS noticeable, and  therefore significant, is the depth the glass is set into the frame. In the vast majority of traditional sash, the glass is set at least 7/8" deep into the sash from the interior. This depth creates a "shadow line" that is partially responsible for the character of the window. Most contemporary windows choose to ignore this aesthetically significant detail and therefore are easily Identifiable as "modern".  We're assuming you aren't seeking a modern appearance for your replacement windows and therefore the Magnums provide you with the historic look you're after - that warmth and richness only found in deeply set glass. 

7/8" deep Magnum Profile

7/16" deep Anderson Profile

Sash Frame Ratios

One of the many defining characteristics of a traditional double-hung window is the ratios between the Bottom Rail, Top Rail, Meeting Rail and Stiles. In most cases Stiles and Top Rails are close to 2.25", Bottom Rails are 3" or so and Meeting rails are 1.125" - 1.375". The untrained naked eye can't necessarily recognize a 1/2" difference in the dimensions but it can readily recognize disproportion when all the parts are viewed together as in a whole window. If the proportions aren't right, it's pretty obvious.

Bad Ratios

Many replacement window makers either don't recognize the importance of maintaining these delicate ratios or just choose to ignore them. Either way, the result is a look that's not only not historically accurate but shouts contemporary!

Good Ratios

The Meeting Rail on this Magnum is about 25% narrower than the Stile which is close to traditional. The Meeting Rail pictured left is about 20% larger than the Stile, a situation NEVER found traditionally and obviously contemporary.

Interior Finish

Just installing new sash doesn't complete the job. Since most people aren't satisfied with a bare wooden sash, Heirloom offers complete finishing services. We can, of course, leave the windows "sanded and ready for paint or stain" but most of our customers prefer to have the windows delivered (or Installed) primed, painted or stained and varnished. If the order is to be painted, we can work from manufacturers color codes. If your sash are to be stained, it's best to provide us a sample piece to which to match the stain.

Interior Casing, Trim and Stops

As mentioned elsewhere, only the sash are replaced with the Magnum Sash Kit. Neither your interior nor your exterior casing (or brick mold in the case of masonry buildings) is touched. The only "trim" that is removed and replaced is the interior stop (the thin slat that keeps the lower sash in place). In some cases, one may want to actually replace this stop with new material, such as; if it's caked with built-up paint, deteriorated, chewed up by old fasteners or window treatment hardware. 

Jamb Liners, Conspicuous or Not?

Conspicuous Jamb Liner

It's not hard to spot the lamb liner in this picture, even without the circles. The problem with typical jamb liners is that, not only can they be seen above the lower sash when it's closed, but also around the perimeter of the lower sash as well. If the windows sash are painted white, it's not a problem, but the darker their color, the more the jamb liners stand out. And, because the jamb liners in most contemporary windows also serve as compression seals and must mate firmly with the sash edge, if they were painted, it would scrape right off the first time the window is opened. You're stuck with their original color

Inconspicuous Jamb Liner

The Magnum jamb liner is invisible! The liner in this picture was painted the same color as the jamb and trim so it just disappears. Since the weather-stripping, which is hidden on the edges of the sash, is the only thing that makes contact with the jamb liner, the jamb liner can be painted any color you choose, and it wont rub off with use. If your windows are stained, your local paint store can match the stain color with the proper latex paint, so even then the jamb liners become inconspicuous.