Brick + Beam Detroit

Wood Window Repair

Not sure how to handle your old wood windows? Get started here. Learn why you should restore instead of replacing them, understand the jargon & anatomy of a window, and get started on repairing them on your own!


Why Restore instead of Replace?

The Basics: What’s What with Your Historic Windows? 

Guides to Repair & Restoration

  • Historic Chicago Bungalow Preservation to DIY or Hire-Out Fix-It Chart This handy chart identifies a variety of wood window issues -- from mold to missing woodwork to broken sashes and cords -- and identifies whether DIY (do it yourself) or professional solutions might be best. It also identifies general timeframes and estimated material costs for each issue.

Permits & Safety

Wood windows can be a major lead-exposure risk! Make sure you are working lead-safe, following the EPA’s RRP guidelines. 

Are you in a historic district? If you are doing window work you’ve got to make sure it compiles with the HDC standards. Learn more about the HDC & making exterior changes here. Find the window application here

Local Suppliers & Shops

Local Suppliers for Glass & Materials:  
Note, not all of the suppliers have everything needed, call ahead about specific materials or items. 


Local Window Contractors:   

More Reading: 


This list was by Brick + Beam Detroit with help from Phil Mayo of Place Restoration Works. This version is from April 2020. 



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