How to Repair Wood Windows

October 11, 2010

Wood windows are favored by many homeowners and they can be found in just about any style of home regardless of age. Wood windows are manufactured in countless sizes and many different styles and there's a good chance that at some point you may be doing a repair on wood windows in your home. If you ever find yourself in that situation, this handy guide on how to repair wood windows may help get you started in the right direction.

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How to Repair Wood Windows in your Home

Wood window repairs can generally be broken down into three categories:

  • Cosmetic repairs
  • Glass repairs
  • Operational repairs

Some repairs may be done at home by an experienced DIY homeowner, but others should be handled by a qualified window professional.

Cosmetic Repairs

Most cosmetic repairs on wood window sashes and frames can be handled with a little wood putty, sanding, and paint or stain. If you have an older wood sash that has extensive rot, it may require replacement.

Glass Repairs

Older single pane wood windows can easily have a piece of glass replaced by removing the glazing compound and clips holding the glass in place and reversing the process with new glass. Many modern double pane sashes allow homeowners the ability to remove the glass from the sash, but to ensure proper sealing it should be done by a window professional.

Operational Repairs

Wood windows in styles such as casements, awnings, and gliders that have become difficult to operate can often be corrected with lubricants that are approved for use by the window manufacturers. Double and single-hung wood windows that are hard to raise and lower may sometimes be cured with a little wax on the tracks.

Always remember that working around glass can be very dangerous: don't hesitate to call in a window professional if you aren't sure how to repair your wood windows.

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