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Wood Window Restoration

TMC WINDOWS knows that restoration works. In a home 60 years or older, it doesn’t make sense to throw away gorgeous, vintage windows simply because they are painted shut and haven’t been touched in years. With our environmentally sound window restoration process, your 100 year old windows can look great and operate efficiently for the next 100 years.

Reasons to Restore:

  • Environmental – Extends the life of old growth lumber, a non-renewable and superior resource.
  • Historic Details – Preserves the original look of your home that cannot be duplicated with replacement windows.
  • Effectiveness – It works as well and lasts longer than any replacement window.

OUR PROCESS:

MECHANICAL

Mechanical restoration will restore easy operation and add energy efficiency. Mechanical Restoration can include both sashes or just the bottom. Mechanical Restoration does not address the existing paint or finish of your window.

  1. Provide dust protection in the work area around the window unit as needed.
  2. Remove the existing window stops, remove fasteners and set aside for reuse.
  3. Remove the upper and lower sash for the opening.
  4. Remove the existing weather stripping on the jambs and sills. Remove loose paint and caulk at the jambs and sills. Any work on the exterior millwork is not included.
  5. Repair the existing exterior sills as required. Caulk gaps at blind stop, etc.
  6. For both sash restoration, remove the existing parting stop. Fabricate and install new parting stop. Adjust parting stop size and required.
  7. Remove loose glazing putty and replace with new.
  8. Replace broken glass as required.
  9. Remove the existing pulleys and hardware. Remove the paint or finish and lubricate as required. The existing hardware to be reinstalled unless otherwise specified.
  10. Clamp the existing joints tight and fasten with glue and dowels or screws as required.
  11. Prepare the sashes as required for weather stripping. Apply weather strip at the perimeter of the sashes and at the meeting rail.
  12. Reinstall the refurbished pulleys. Provide and install sash chains and hardware as required. Reinstall window sashes in the existing opening.
  13. Check for ease of operation and adjust as required.
  14. Clean the work area and haul away debris.

FULL RESTORATION
To restore vintage windows to their original look and operation with added energy efficiency.

  1. Provide dust protection in the work area around the window unit as needed.
  2. Remove the upper sash, lower sash and window stops from the opening and haul to TMC Shop. Make the window opening secure during the restoration.
  3. Remove the existing weather stripping on the jambs and sills. Remove loose paint and caulk at the jambs and sills. The exterior millwork is not included in this proposal.
  4. Repair the existing exterior sill as required.
  5. Remove the existing parting stop. Fabricate and install new parting stop. Adjust parting stop size as required.
  6. Remove the existing pulleys and hardware. Remove the paint or finish and lubricate as required. The existing hardware to be reinstalled unless otherwise specified.
  7. Using the steam stripping method, remove the existing putty, glass, paint or stain from the window sashes. Remove the paint from the existing window stops. The existing glass to be set aside and cleaned before reinstallation in the restored sashes.
  8. Clamp the existing joints tight and fasten with glue and dowels or screws. Sand all surfaces of the sashes until ready for decoration.
  9. Make repairs using epoxy or inlays as required. Trim or add onto the sashes to create a custom fit in the existing openings. Refit the existing glass. Broken glass to be replaced as required.
  10. Prepare, prime and paint the exterior and interior of the sashes at TMC Shop prior to installation. Color and finish to match the existing unless otherwise specified.
  11. Prepare the sashes as required for weather stripping. Apply weather strip at the perimeter of the sashes and at the meeting rail.
  12. Reinstall the refurbished pulleys. Provide and install sash chains or ropes and hardware as required. Reinstall window sashes in the existing opening.
  13. Clean the work area and haul away the debris as required.

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TMC Windows provides window restoration for Chicago and the surrounding suburbs including:

Evanston, Wilmette, Winettka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Deerfield, Northbrook, Glenview, Hinsdale, Oak Park

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TMC Windows, Inc.

8041 Ridgeway Ave.
Skokie, IL 60076

Call us! 847-329-8000

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