Doors & Windows

Doors & Windows

Old House Journal’s compendium of articles about how to repair and restore doors and windows for old houses, including hardware repair, finishes, glass repair/installation, and more.

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Door Construction

This glossary of doors and parts of doors will help you determine which types of doors, hardware, and glass are appropriate for your old house project.



Chicken-wire Glass

New Yorkers Gretchen and Ray Master embraced the use of salvaged wire glass in transoms and door panels at their early 20th-century loft apartment.





Easy Fixes for Curb Appeal

So-called curb appeal is a common concern among real-estate agents—but it also matters to those of us staying put. Here are some low- to medium-cost improvements that’ll brighten the neighborhood.

Window Update

It’s usually better to repair than replace original wood windows. They were designed to be restored, and can be retrofitted in ways that save energy and bring comfort—at far less cost than replacements.






Reglazing Windows

The glass panes in a window are called glazing. Whether you’re reglazing windows during restoration or because of an errant baseball, you’ll have to seal between the glass and wood muntins and frame with “putty”—a word still used to describe the material that keeps weather out of the joints.


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