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Welcome Members of the Press! Please feel free to use any of the content on this page for your news articles about WindowDressers. If you need additional information, you may contact the Director of Community Workshops, Laura Seaton at 207-230-9902. Thank you for your interest in our organization!

Backgrounder

Started in 2010 by Richard Cadwgan and Frank Mundo WindowDressers brings volunteers together to improve the warmth and comfort of homes, lower heating costs, and reduce CO2 emissions by producing low-cost insulating window inserts that function as interior-mounted storm windows. The WindowDressers staff supplies, trains, and supports teams of community volunteers as they build affordable, insulating window inserts at local workshops.

Each insulating window insert is made of a custom-made pine frame wrapped in two layers of tightly-sealed, clear polyolefin film and finished with a compressible foam gasket. The foam allows enough give for the inserts to be easily slid into place in the fall and removed in the spring, while holding firmly enough to provide a tight, friction-based seal that stops drafts and adds two more insulating air spaces between the home and the window. The inserts are installed inside of existing windows held in place by friction.

With reasonable care, the inserts are known to last for 5-10 years. After that time, the foam may begin to degrade and/or the plastic may tear. WD offers re-wrapping of your frames for just $10 per insert.

The low cost of WindowDressers inserts is made possible by ordering folks’ participation in the Community Workshop where their inserts are built. WindowDressers recommends one 4-hour shift for every 3-5 inserts ordered. No experience needed. All simple skills are taught on-site. There are many different ways to participate for all levels of ability and mobility.

There are currently 23 Community Workshops in the State of Maine: View Listing

Ordering Process:

  1. INQUIRE by calling or emailing a Local Coordinator > HERE
  2. GET MEASURED by WD volunteers who will visit, assess and measure your windows, and give you a quote
  3. SIGN UP for shifts at a Community Workshop held September – January across the state HERE
  4. PAY for your inserts (special low-income pricing available upon request) HERE
  5. PARTICIPATE in the Community Workshop where the inserts are built
  6. INSTALL your inserts in your windows
  7. ENJOY a warmer home and lower heating bills!

Testimonials:

I did my whole house with these interior storms. We have noticed a big difference in our comfort level. It’s definitely nice and warm, and it seems like even during the below zero cold snap we didn’t use as much fuel as we would have in the past.

-Stephen C. of South China

I have volunteered for three shifts at window dressers. Two were in Ellsworth, and one in Portland. It’s a great way to meet interesting people and contribute to the effort of improving the insulation in people’s homes, yet not have to make a huge time commitment. That said, I will be looking for more window dressers events in the coming year where I can volunteer.

-Barbara S. of Brownfield and Steuben

​It’s the second day of our window insert doing its job. Draft from our north-facing bathroom window has been eliminated. Yippee!! The Community Build at Allagash was a rewarding experience. Work stations were marvels of ingenuity; DIY from start to finish. All that and snacks, too. Thank you Window-Dressers.

-Marjorie R. of Scarborough

Year # Inserts Built Cumulative Inserts Gal. Saved This Year Cum Gal. Saved

Cumulative
$ Saved

2010 185 185 1,943 1,943
2011 1231 1416 14,868 16,811
2012 2224 3640 38,220 55,031
2013 2610 6250 65,625 120,656
2014 3425 9675 101,588 222,244
2015 5056 14731 154,676 376,920
2016 6113 20844 218,862 595,782
2017 6214 27058 284,109 879,891 $2,262,577

Cost:
Each insert is custom-priced based on the exact measurements of your window. Please see the chart below for sample pricing. Inserts generally pay for themselves in 1-2 heating seasons. Below are sample prices. Your exact price will vary.

For more information, Laura Seaton Director of Community Workshops and Business Development. Laura can be reached at (207) 596-3073 or via e-mail at director@windowdressers.org

 

Size Pine White
Small: 20” x 36” $19.44 $23.71
Medium: 30” x 52” $27.81 $36.96
Large: 44” x 68” $44.05 $47.63

 

Sample only – actual prices will vary

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Installing a Insulating Window Insert