We take a look at how to avoid the common mistakes many people make when restoring windows on their property. Learn from a specialized window restoration company and follow our tips on how to preserve the lifespan of your windows and avoid the pitfalls.

Every property demands full use of its windows to let in light, allow for ventilation and keep the property looking neat and tidy. Window restorations and repairs help keep windows like sash windows, period windows, bay windows, and even new windows damage free and functional.

Maintaining and restoring windows is a priority for any household. Draught proofing your original windows will reduce energy bills. Restoring windows can reduce condensation, which in turn will benefit your house. Ultimately whether you live in one of the many listed buildings, historic buildings, conservation areas or simply in  new and modern home, the windows will need to be maintained to ensure their continuous performance.

Restore Windows Rather Than Replace

When carried out correctly, window restoration is a great way to keep costs down by draught proofing to an excellent standard and prevent a whole window replacement. It is also more eco-friendly and can help keep the energy bills down, and in many instances, the windows of your house need some TLC to restore them to their former glory.

Professional removing putty from period timber windows
If you have victorian sash windows or period timber windows at some point they will need restoration

Common Window Restoration Mistakes

Mistakes are common when inexperienced folk take on window restoration work, and these errors can ruin the entire process. Here are a few to avoid:

  •     Not understanding the type of window

First and foremost, you need to understand the styles of window before getting stuck into the project. Wooden windows, metal windows and PVC all require entirely different restoration methods.

  •     Not preparing the window ahead of restoration work

Not cleaning the windows properly ahead of restoration work is a big no-no but a common mistake with eager DIY-ers keen to jump in and get going. Removing debris and dirt is essential, cleaning the glass thoroughly and ensuring the window is dry.

  •     Failing to prepare the surfaces

After cleaning the window, prepping the surfaces will give you the base to work from. You will need to remove all the old paint and any caulk which might be many years old as part of the window restoration. This will show all the cracks and issues in clear sight so you can get upgrade the filling, and of the window surfaces.

  •     Seal the deal

Another piece of window restoration work often skipped is the priming and sealing of the window. Using a high-grade primer that is quick to dry is essential for taking care of the base surface, especially for timber windows. To ensure your hard work lasts for years, you’ll need to find an easy-to-use primer designed for exterior paint jobs.

Apply a silicone sealant to create a water-resistant seal around the window frame. This seal is vital in keeping out drafts and dampness on rainy and cold days. 

  •     Use the right tools and materials

To avoid a disappointing end to your window restoration project, use the right materials, such as paint and caulk, which need to be tailored to your window material. You are going to be cutting out the rotten wood, sanding surfaces, and potentially fitting new glazing, so make sure your toolkit is up to scratch too!

  •     Rushing the job

Window renovation and repair on period homes in a conservation area takes time and patience. Slow down and take your time – simple mistakes can derail the end result. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the paints you use to ensure a nice finish to the paintwork by allowing the full drying time.

Very old widows with paint flaking off
modern technology can help restore even the most damaged windows

DIY Window Restoration FAQs

Q: Can I restore my windows myself?

A: Yes, you can restore your windows yourself. With the correct methods and the right materials, you’ll avoid mistakes. You are also likely to be working with heavy glass units, so the utmost care should be taken.

Q: Which primer should I use for window restorations?

A: The primer you use depends on the type of window you have. Contact a professional or speak to someone in the store when buying to determine the correct primer.

Q: Is there a way to replace windows more quickly?

A: Taking care and paying close attention will make sure you have a tidy finish and the quality of work lasts for years to come. Remember, priming and sealing are essential steps in the window restoration process. Skipping these steps can lead to a botched job.

Finding a Professional Window Restoration Expert

Restoring windows can be a challenging task, but to ultimately avoid common mistakes calling a professional with expertise might be your best bet. Rather than replace windows at great expense, where possible, our dedicated team use modern renovating techniques alongside traditional carpentry and glazing skills. This workmanship ensures any architectural inheritance and heritage are preserved.