How to Restore and Weatherize Old Windows in Your Home

When the winter season rolls around, in order to keep from wasting money on energy costs, it’s a good idea to do a bit of winterizing. You know, putting some foam insulation around your pipes, cleaning out your gutters, servicing your HVAC unit and fireplace and also getting your windows ready for the chilly weather; especially if you don’t happen to have double-pane ones or you live in an older home.

If you’d like some effective tips on how to do that, we have five good and easy ones for you below:

Check for cracks and small holes. If you happen to walk past one of your windows and it seems like there is a bit of a draft, you could be right. It probably means that you have a crack or small hole around it. There is a simple solution. Go to your local home improvement store and pick up some caulking. By putting it over the crack or hole, it should stop the draft.

Get your windows tinted. Oftentimes, when we think of window tinting, we think of it in the context of having our car windows tinted. But did you know that there are actually several benefits to having the windows of your house professionally tinted too? Not only does it reduce the glare from the sun and afford you more privacy (because you can look out but others can’t look in) but it also reduces your energy costs because it helps to regulate the temperature inside of your home. Plus, it’s a pretty economical home improvement project as well.

Do some weather-stripping. Another great option is to do some weather-stripping and there are a couple of ways to take on this approach. You can put a plastic sheet on the interior side of your window pane. Or you can even tape some bubble wrap to it. Just make sure that when it comes to the exterior side of the windows that you add some storm windows and/or shutters.

Get the pane replaced. It’s not uncommon in older homes that you might notice a pane that has a chip or crack in it. In those instances, there’s really nothing you can do but have the pane replaced. Although you could go to a website like to have a new window (or set of windows) installed, another option is to call a local handyperson that you know. There’s a pretty good chance that they’ll be able to do it for cheaper—and quicker.

Repair the windows yourself. If you’re someone who happens to enjoy DIY (Do-It-Yourself) projects then there are a lot of websites that can assist you with repairing and winterizing your windows. Some of them include YouTube, HGTV, DIY Network, Home Renovations and Do It Yourself. Just make sure that if you do decide to go this route that you follow each direction and that you also consult with a customer service agent at a home improvement store on the best supplies to get. If you follow both of these tips, you very well could end up restoring your own windows without the need of any professional assistance. And soon, people may start coming to you for help with their own. Awesome.

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