Whether you are a contractor, homeowner or building owner, dilapidated, rotted, stuck old windows can be a little intimidating.
We have some good news for you!
Not only is it easier than you think to fix historic windows, it is a billion dollar industry in desperate need of passionate, trained talent.
We are incredibly passionate about historic preservation and restoration. If you’ve read our blog posts, our Facebook page, been to any of our free workshops or the annual Historic Homes Workshop Event, you know we eat, sleep, dream, and sweat historic preservation. It is in our blood.
There is a movement taking place.
There’s an awakening that is happening.
People are starting to wake up to the fact that we can’t just bulldoze our history.
We can’t replace it with drive-through, fabricated plastic and synthetics.
Let’s keep it real. Let’s keep it like it was made to be.
Let’s take it back the way it was. In the beginning. When it was built.
We mentioned overwhelm. There’s only way around it… don’t focus on the whole window.
Tackle the mechanical makeover, first.
Take the window apart.
Here’s the list of tools you’ll need:
Check out our “How to Remove a Double Hung Window,” Five Easy Steps and 4 Minutes!
Seriously, it is that easy. In this video and step-by-step outlined tutorial, Steve walks you through step, by step… pick a window and get started.
Restore and balance the mechanisms.
Tools you’ll need:
Clean and lubricate
With the sash removed, vacuum and brush out the debris.
Make sure the pulleys are working smoothly. If they are bent or need repair, you may be able to straighten them out. See how Steve repairs a bent pulley here.
Reassemble the window in this order:
Test your window to be sure it is sliding and moving smoothly. Both sash should open and close completely.
If your window won’t shut all the way, check the length of your sash cords to be sure they aren’t too short and see if your window stops need a minor adjustment.
Nearly every month, Wood Window Makeover hosts their First Friday event. We also stream it live on Facebook for those of you who can’t make it in person.
We do this for several reasons.
Historic wood window preservation is a billion dollar a year industry and there simply isn’t enough talent to keep up with it. We are committed to building an army of artisans who can keep our history in tact.
Are you interested in learning a trade that will generate a healthy annual six-figure revenue?
We are interested in teaching you how. From beginning to end. From the ground up, including the mechanics of the business side of the business.
Wood Window Makeover hosts all kinds of free window restoration training to certification training:
We’ll be publishing the date of the next Certification Training very soon. If you are interested in learning more about it, contact us here or call us.
One of our partner’s, Mike Brett, wrote an eBook that shares step-by-step how he built a thriving wood window preservation and restoration company. He talks about everything from his first project to growing his business past the six-figure mark.
It’s free. Click the image below. Learn how to bypass the mistakes and start and grow your preservation business today!