Should Homeowners Use DIY Methods To Restore Old Windows?

by Linda Cappello Broker, GRI, ABR 07/31/2022

If you are among the many people who fell in love with the ambiance of an old house, there are DIY ways to restore the original windows. Consider the following reasons restoration might further the peaceful enjoyment of your home.

Handy DIY Homeowners Can Restore Old Windows 

If you possess some carpentry skills and a good set of tools, there's a good chance you can effectively complete this project over a lot of weekends. Old homes typically have wooden casings that are relatively simple to remove. And if they are already painted, versus a natural wood finish, there's no reason to worry about cracking or chipping casement lumber.

Once the original models have been removed, you can cover the opening with a standard plastic insulating wrap or a sturdier material if needed while you work on restoring the older windows.

Homeowners Can Improve Old Window Energy Efficiency

One of the driving reasons that property owners replace old windows stems from a perception energy efficiency cannot match newer models. But how much energy efficiency is enough, and can you upgrade the originals?

Starting with the drafty casings, a wide range of insulation options remain available. Spray foam ranks among the most popular and effective products for closing air gaps. DIY homeowners can also tuck fiberglass insulation into spaces to shore them up.

The top reason many homeowners give up on older windows involves glass as thin as 1/16 of an inch. Modern replacement windows typically employ thicknesses of 3/16, as well as double- and triple-pane options. That may seem like a huge difference, but older window panes can also be removed and casings fitted with new and thicker glass.

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Linda Cappello Broker, GRI, ABR

Linda A. Cappello, Owner/Broker of Cappello Realty Shoreline Properties. Cappello Realty is a full service boutique Real Estate firm that specializes in Norwalk, and services all of Fairfield County, CT. Linda has been in the Real Estate business for 18+ years, spending 15 of them as a Broker-Owner. Being a Broker adds a lot responsibility to her job. She is responsible for overseeing every transaction and agent in the office. This is a challenge that she looks forward to and takes very seriously. She is constantly taking continuing education classes and attending seminars to keep abreast of the ever changing market as well as the industry standards, rules and regulations.  

She is a native to Norwalk, and has an in-depth knowledge of the city that she loves, as well as the intricacies of the many unique neighborhoods and areas that Norwalk offers. Linda offers her clients a network of professionals ranging from Attorneys, Mortgage Brokers & Home Inspectors to any and all pros that you may need for a successful transaction and for the convenience of her clients.  

"My job doesn't end at the closing table. It goes far beyond that, keeping in touch and staying friends who refer their family and friends. A lot of my business is referral business which is the greatest accomplishment and honor of all. Earning my clients trust."