Historic wood windows are repairable!
Unlike a modern window, a traditional sash can be taken apart and any piece replaced if damaged or deteriorated. Modern windows are not repairable. A damaged modern window has to be thrown away and replaced.
Window restoration firms regularly make new parts (or even new sash when necessary) to repair old windows and make them function like new again.
Combined with a storm window, a restored historic window is as efficient as a new double-glazed window – which has an expected lifespan of 25 years or less. Often the energy savings from new windows will not offset their cost before they have to be replaced again!
Historic wood windows will last indefinitely if maintained properly. If you have original windows, save them!
The Window Preservation Alliance is a national organization of window preservation professionals. Their aim is to connect those who wish to save their windows with professionals who can provide the needed services.
I am honored to be the Keynote Speaker for the upcoming WPA annual conference in October, info here: https://windowpreservationalliance.org/conference.
Window repair is covered in Chapter 13 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.
Select preservation titles by other authors are also available in our shop!
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