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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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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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Wood Window Repair Video Series Simple Steps to Working Windows

wood window repair

Before you jump in with both feet on your wood window repair project, take a few minutes to watch these educational videos. This five part video series produced by the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office will walk you through the process. Each of the videos are full of useful tips and simple steps to ensure that your window project is a success. Read more

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Sticky Windows | Could it be Your Foundation?

sticky windows

Do you have sticky windows in your home? Have you ever considered that the problem could be your foundation? When we perform window inspections or when we are called in for window repairs, more often than not it is an issue with the windows themselves. However, we often discover that the problem with your sticky windows is an underlying issue with your foundation. In such cases the sooner you address the root cause the better. Read more

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Tilt Latches | Replacement & Repair

Tilt Latches

Most of today’s double hung windows tilt out for easy cleaning and maintenance. The tilt latches on many of these designs can be easily broken. Most of them are made of plastic and can become damaged with an over-zealous homeowner who aggressively pries on the tilt latches. Some higher-end windows have metal tilt latches which are far more durable than their plastic counterparts. Read more

Windows That Won’t Stay Open | A Quick Fix

Windows that won't stay open

Finally, a nice spring day and you want to let the fresh air inside your home but you have windows that won’t stay open on their own. This can be very frustrating to say the least. You can always prop the window open with a block of wood like my buddy does. Or you can continue reading and discover a quick fix for double hung windows that won’t stay open on their own. Read more

How to Repair Chipped Windows

Repair Chipped Windows

As a temporary measure you can repair chipped windows by following the simple step by step instructions below. However; we can’t over-emphasize enough that this is a temporary measure and you should replace the broken glass as soon as you can. This is especially true for double pane windows. If the chip has breached the thickness of the glass, then you have broken the seal which will allow moisture and air into the gap between the two panes of glass. This will compromise the integrity of the window and ultimately lower its thermal efficiency. Read more