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How to Repair Old Wood Windows

While window designs and styles have made many changes over the years, there are certain styles that never go out of fashion, and wood is one of them. While wood is as durable as it is beautiful, it does require regular maintenance and repairs, in order for your windows to provide the safety, comfort, and energy-efficiency that you require. You may need to call a window repair company near you to help you with more complicated repairs, but depending on the damages, with some basic tools and materials, you can perform your own minor repairs.

Why We Love Wooden Windows

Because wood windows are made from old lumber, they are very resilient and durable and may last centuries if maintained properly. Their style is timeless, but they can be upgraded and modernized. Wooden doors and windows are very energy-efficient and fairly inexpensive to maintain.

DIY Wooden Window Repairs

With that in mind, you need to know the ins and outs of window maintenance and basic repair. As with anything else, there is a learning curve, so start with the least of visible areas. By the time you get to the front of the property, your workmanship will have improved.

Apply Pre-Treatment if Necessary

Pre-treatment may not be necessary if the surface is haven’t been compromised by weather or insect infestation. Use pre-treatment where there are signs of water damage. If you are not going to pre-treat, then linseed oil is recommended to prep the wood. Ensure that everything is dry before you proceed.

Sand & Prime the Sash

You want all the surfaces to feel very smooth, so sand any rough or bumpy edges that you may find. Clean off the dust, and then prime the sash, allowing it to dry completely.

Sand the Primes Surfaces & Bed the Pane

Once the surfaces have been primed, sand the areas once again until everything feels completely smooth. Ensure that the panes fit, by placing them in the sash. Warming and kneading the putty in your hands, pressing it firmly into the glazing rabbets; laying the bed of putty to fit the window panes into. Allow time for the putty to set.

Set the Glazing Points

Set the glazing points far from the corners, laying the points flat onto the glass, and use a tools sharp end to lead it with a gentle wiggle into the glazing rabbet neck.

Tool the Putty Surface & Polish the Pane

Work the putty around the sash, packing putty into the face of the pane, tooling the surface to make an even bevel. Finish off by using a warm putty blob to pick up the excess pieces off the window pane, and then immediately clean and polish the glass with a toothbrush and whitening to remove excess oil and putty. Allow ample time for the putty to cure.

Prime & Paint the Sash & Putty

If necessary, prime your putty and sash, and then paint your finished windows (you should wait until they completely dry before using them again).

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