Doors & Windows

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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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Replacement windows by Heartwood Windows.

Lights Divided, Truly and Otherwise

It should be understood that conserving old windows is the “greenest” option: they are endlessly repairable and easy to upgrade for energy efficiency and comfort. For those buying replacement windows, find good news in recent aesthetic improvements.

Door terminology

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Products of the Week

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Unico System

A central heating and cooling system using "aspiration" technology to warm and cool homes evenly and quietly with flexible small ducts that weave through ceilings, walls, and even floors.

Rubio Monocoat

RUBIO MONOCOAT

Rubio® Monocoat Oil Plus 2C is a revolutionary, plant-based, hardwax oil wood finish. One layer colors (if desired) and protects your wood. The unique technology forms a molecular bond with the wood fibers resulting in a durable, water-resistant finish, that keeps the natural look and feel of the wood. Available in 50+ standard colors.