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Question DetailsAsked on 7/26/2013

Who can repair old wood windows

I need someone to replace rotted wood on exterior window frames

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Answered 7 years ago by KielH


most window companys want to sell you new windows not repair old ones. ( mine too) my company ( tri-pane Installations, Inc. ) wants to sell you vinyl windows because they are long lasting, maint. free, energy efficient and cost effective. but if you still want to spend lots of money and end up repairing them again down the road and not getting any energy savings, you need to look up window contractors by category = repair, also look up contractors that specialize in historic preservations. good luck

Answered 7 years ago by the new window man


Normally, the outside has shallow rot and is mostly weathering - the inside bottom area where winter moisture accumulates is usually the seriously rotted area. Ordinarily, the outdoor window frame parts can be scraped and sanded down clean, primed, and painted without removing the window unit. I am referring to the window frame - the wood actually holdidng the window.

On almost all wood windows, the outer casing or brickmold, stool, and apron can be pulled off with the window left in place and replaced. Here is an image of the window parts - same names regardless of whether single or double hung or casement or non-opening or whatever -

I would have them looked at by a window repair company for where the damage is and whether it is basically just trim or the window frame itself. If only trim pieces, cost likely to be about 1/4-1/3 that of total window replacement. The window trim does not have to be replaced in wood either - these pieces are made in vinyl and composite plastics as well,, that weather better than wood.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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