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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Replacing Window Hardware

Before you start replacing window hardware on your historic home windows you will need to reinstall the interior stops. The first strip is to install is the parting bead. This is the vertical spacer that is placed between the upper and lower sashes. With the upper sash in the top position, place the parting strip in position. Pay close attention to the bevel, which must be at the bottom, with the longest edge facing outwards. Secure the parting strip in the middle with a small finishing nail. Read more

Replacing the Window Sash Ropes

In the video below you will learn how to replace the window sash ropes on an old wood window. If you are restoring an older home and have taken your windows out to refinish them, taking the extra time to replace the sash ropes can save you a headache down the road. It’s well worth the extra effort. Read more

Window Glazing Tricks

In the previous two videos in the wood window repair series we outlined techniques for safely removing the upper and lower sash of the windows in a Historic home. The 3rd video in the series provides window glazing tricks so you can properly remove and replace the glass. The following window glazing tricks demonstrate the proper technique for removing the old glazing, repairing the wood sash, and reinstalling the glass and new glazing. Read more