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Repairing Old Wood Windows | Repair Tips for Historic Home Windows

Old Wood Windows

Old wood windows, such as those found in historic homes, can be charming but at the same time very frustrating. The allure is their unmatched craftsmanship and the authenticity they add to an older home. The problem is they tend to leak like a sieve and are no match for today’s energy efficient windows. If your home is situated in a historic district, local restrictions may prohibit the removal of the existing windows. In which case repair is your only option. If your old wood windows are not subjected to restrictions, you may want to consider replacement windows to take advantage of the newer technology. Before you decide, review our window repair tips. Read more

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Opening Stuck Windows in Older Homes in Five Easy Steps

Opening Stuck Windows

Opening stuck windows in older homes can be quite a challenge. It is relatively common to find windows in historic homes that have been painted shut. The culprit is usually a lazy painter, or in the case of a recent Victorian Home restoration project, numerous painters who painted multiple coats of paint over the windows over time. This is the worst-case scenario, at best the windows of historic homes are simply stuck from lack of use. In either case, you can follow these five easy steps for opening stuck windows and letting the fresh air in. Read more

Removing Lead Paint on Historic Home Windows

Removing Lead Paint

Extreme care must be taken when removing lead paint on older windows. Lead paint, which may be found in homes constructed prior to 1978, can lead to serious health problems. This is particularly true for children under the age of 6 who are exposed to lead. The source of the danger comes from flaking or chalking lead paint. The risk of exposure is amplified when sanding old windows during a remodeling project. Read more

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Window Maintenance Checklist Extending the Life of Your Windows

Window Maintenance Checklist

Our Window Maintenance Checklist includes the vital steps to ensure the ongoing durability and functionality of your home windows. You may not realize it, but the windows in your home represent a large portion of your investment. Following our window maintenance checklist at least once a year can protect this investment and preserve the value of your property. Taking the proper steps to protect your windows and their frames will undoubtedly extend their lifespan. Read more

Window Mold | Find the Cure and Establish a Preventative Maintenance Plan

Window Mold

Window mold can be unsightly and to make matters worse, it can be harmful to your health. The presence of window mold in your home can lead to serious respiratory problems. If you discover mold growing on or around your windows you need to take immediate action to find the source of the problem, and more importantly a cure. Once you have repaired the root cause you should come up with a preventative maintenance plan to avoid any re-occurrence of the problem. Read more

Garden Shed French Doors and Sidelight Windows Let the Light Shine In

garden shed french doors

Installing Garden Shed French Doors will not only aesthetically improve the appearance of your garden shed, your new windows will also illuminate the interior of your shed with natural sunlight. Garden shed doors tend to be built with solid wood, mainly for security reasons. The problem is that if you want to do a little work on your tools while inside your shed, you would need to keep the doors wide open to let the light in. Installing French Doors on your garden shed solves this issue, while at the same time beautifying your backyard. Read more

Installing Sash Locking Pins to Improve Home Window Security

Sash Locking Pins

Installing sash locking pins is a great way to improve the security of your windows and prevent a casual thief from entering your home. I mention “casual thief” because a sash locking pin won’t keep out a professional thief who is properly equipped and determined to get inside. What it may do is keep out a local burglar who won’t take the risk of breaking the glass for fear of being noticed. Without the pins installed, in many cases the would-be thief can simply use a knife or thin screwdriver to pry open a standard clasp. This is especially true on older homes where there may be an excessive gap between the upper and lower sash. Read more

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Airtight Window Seals Eliminate Draft on Old Double Hung Windows

airtight window seals

If you live in an older, historic home, chances are your double hung windows have less than airtight window seals. You could spend the money to replace your older windows with new-style, energy-efficient windows, although many owners of historic homes may prefer to keep the original windows to preserve the historic nature of the home. The dilemma you are faced with is a how to create airtight window seals without replacing the windows themselves. With a simple router and a little elbow grease, you can eliminate the draft found on older double hung windows. Read more

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Baby Proof Windows Keeping Your Kids Safe at Home

baby proof windows

New parents have a laundry list of things to consider when trying to keep their kids safe at home. Baby proof windows should be high on that list. According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, as many as 5,000 children experience window fall-related injuries each year. The 19-year study concluded that the average age of the children injured was 5 years old. It may be no surprise to some parents that almost 60 percent of the cases were boys. The stat that concerns parents most is that over 25 percent of the incidents resulted in serious injuries that required admission to a hospital. Read more

Enhance Window Security at Home to Keep Thieves Out

window security

Safety is a general concern for any homeowner, whether or not the area is known to have a high crime rate. Window security is a common consideration by homeowners everywhere, since this is the most likely entry point that intruders use to force access into the home. Read more