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Window Repair And Weatherization In Historic Homes


Winter is prime time to start thinking about energy efficiency and weatherizing your home. This can be a challenge for some home owners, especially those with lovely vintage double hung wood windows!

The Architectural Heritage Center has completed a guidebook on window  repair and weatherization for owners of vintage Pacific Northwest homes. This booklet will help you identify repairs needed, and give you maintenance solutions to help maintain the historic integrity of your home while improving its energy efficiency. Please email us at to have a PDF pamphlet sent to you!


Another option might be Indow Window, which are thermal window inserts that you can easily install and remove yourself, we have heard good reviews from some of our clients on these. They easily block drafts, can save you up to 20% on your heating bills, and will not compromise the look of your historic windows!