Original windows are about the best thing on an old house. And when they’ve been torn out and thrown in a landfill, and new ones put in, that house is never quite the same. That’s because many old windows were made from old-growth lumber hundreds of years old. It’s dense and rot resistant and can last a long time with proper wood window repair. 

But the sad thing is, far too many people believe the window replacement industry when it says they should replace those windows in the name of energy efficiency.  

Especially if they’re painted shut or loose and drafty, homeowners think, these have to go. Or a contractor unfamiliar with how to restore them says, these have to go.

Scott Sidler of Austin Historical and the Craftsman Blog knows that’s not the case. People can repair and maintain the vast majority of old windows. It’s not as daunting as it seems!

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May is Preservation Month. In honor of it, join us for our next free Window Hero Webinar on May 16 when Scott will review simple techniques for maintaining old windows and easy ways to weatherize them.

Scott is part of a thriving industry of craftspeople across this vast country who are experts in restoring old windows. At the Window Preservation Alliance, you’ll find many of them listed and hopefully someone who lives near you. They know how to put in new ropes and pulleys, reglaze and re-putty windows and replace rotted wood.

But sometimes the repairs and maintenance issues with old windows are things you can take care of yourself. That’s what our Window Hero Webinars are often about: demystifying old window repair. Join us!

Window Hero Webinar: Learn Old Window Repair to Celebrate Preservation Month. (Note that if you watch it live, your name will go in a drawing for one of 20 free copies Scott’s new book Old Windows In-Depth.)

When: Wednesday, May 16, 11 a.m. PT, 2 p.m. ET

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