Restore or Replace Wood Windows?

Written by Angi Staff
Updated September 25, 2014
restore or replace wood windows?
Thinking of replacing wood windows with vinyl? It could drastically change the look of your home. (Photo courtesy of Angi member Jennifer P. of Great Neck, N.J.)

Are you thinking of restoring your home’s wood windows?

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Homeowners have several options when it comes to replacing wood windows, but many choose restoration as a way to preserve their home's original look. Consider these tips to help you decide if restoration is right for your wood windows.

• Wood windows built before World War II were typically custom-made for the house. Exchanging them with standard vinyl replacement windows can drastically affect the look of your home.

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• Excess paint and broken pulley systems are the most common problems with wood windows, but they are easily fixed. Stripping and refinishing the wood, as well as replacing the rope in the pulley system with a chain, can make your window work like new.

• Rotted wood doesn’t necessarily mean window death. Window restoration specialists can usually repair it using epoxy that can be sanded and painted to blend with the rest of the window.

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• Properly maintained wood windows and storm windows work together like the two pieces of glass in a doublepaned window. Add weather stripping to wood windows and storm windows to achieve similar energy ratings to that of double-paned replacement windows.

Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article originally posted on June 16, 2009.

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