Restore or Replace Wood Windows?

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Jim Dolan


Good advice, to maintain attractive older home restoration takes time but is best choice.

Patricia Fitzgerald


some historic designated neighborhoods require permits before window installation.

This is to ensure the requirements to meet the historic preservation of the designated neighborhood.

Window installers should be aware before working in a possibly designated historic district.



I would like to contact someone besides Chosen Wood Windows for window restoration.

margaret murray


A carpenter is going to add inside storm windows to my house. It is similar to his and he stated he saved one third on the fuel bill. I live in Vermont

Kay Whitley


Would like to contact someone for window restoration. Saw your info on your website. Thanks.



Please make this posting more prominent in your emails and on your website. This perspective on wood windows is often overlooked in mass marketing!



who do i call for restoration of wooden windows?

Edward Ganshirt


I came across this article after I had my windows restored. I DO recommend that window restoration be considered.
1). develop a plan for what and why do you want to make changes to your windows.
2). what are your options?
3). what is the cost?
4). are your windows restorable?
5). Then do it!

I was looking for energy efficiency with minimal visual changes to the style of the home.

I got quotes at various levels

$250 per window to replace pully/weights with springbalances and weatherstripping.
$600 per window to do that plus double pane coated glass.
$1800 to replace the entire window assembly from a well known name brand window company.

I settled for the middle option and had my windows done by a company called Boston BI_Glass.
They use a more up to date better quality window stripping material and a routing process that holds the glass more securely than the old fasioned glazing putty process used by the standard window restoration process. Also the Bi-Glass panes have a coated glass on the inner pane.

The restoration done by Boston Bi-Glass is not elegible for the tax deduction but the savings is significantly greater than the deduction compared with new windows install cost.

If I had new windows installed I would loose the storms. The net result would be 2 sheets of glass. With the Bi-Glass system I keep my storms and the end results is 3 sheets of glass between inside and outside.

The end result is an equal to or better energy efficiency than a top of the line replacement window for a lot less cost.



hello, my name is Hugo. i've been in the window business for over 15 years already. We manufacture vinyl windows for about one third of it's cost at a retail store.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.