Wood window repair can be done.

Its funny how after 15 years in business and thousands of window sash made, that not a day goes by I hear another customer doubt the notion of window repair.  How is that possible?  Why is that a good idea?  I didn’t know you could do that?

Well folks, I’m hear to tell you it is very possible!

rockwell 2007 rockwell 2007 after No this isn’t putty.  It isn’t a patch job!  A replacement sash and trim kit brings this window back to new condition for a fraction of the cost of a whole new window AND it matches the rest of the windows on the house.



I’m guessing you had a window salesman tell you windows can’t be fixed?  I’ve heard that from home inspectors and even realtors.  This issue is about educating the public on their options.  New windows are not always your only, or even best option.  Window repair saves money.  Window repair is part of a huge renew-repair-restore movement in home improvement.  When done properly and professionally, can improve the existing window for less than a new one.

Let’s talk about window repair being done poorly.

100_0158Putty doesn’t work.  I’ll give you cheap and temporary as your only positives here.




100_1100Look at this guy.  Won’t bother to remove the vertical trim to properly repair the sill nosing.  Does this repair look original or even professional?




DSC00194Um, only doing half the sill doesn’t work either.  If one side went bad, what makes you think the other side won’t go bad too?  You end up constantly revisiting that same window by only doing the bare minimum every time.



joe pick-up sash repairThis one is my favorite.  The bottom of the sash was rotten so Mr. Joe pick-up’s idea was to just nail another board over the face of the sash!  Oh, BTW, this was a bedroom window.  Do you think you could open that in case of an emergency?



Our biggest hurdle as professionals is over coming the stigma of these types of “repairs”.  Your neighbor gets something like this done for as cheap as they can, but then realize after the fact, the cheap price solved nothing.  You in turn have the thought in your head, you certainly aren’t going to waste your money on window repair after seeing what your neighbor got.

Window repair works when done properly by skilled professionals.  More importantly with the proper materials and products.  Here’s where the sales pitch comes in.  Fenster Components is your destination for factory matched frame components, replica window sash from dozens of major brands, and many other components to rebuild your wood windows to their original beauty and function.  Visit our product home page today at: www.fensterUSA.com.


  • Gerard Wilson
    Posted July 26, 2015 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Can you give more details on how the tilt pins fit into the tackle and balance mechanism of the jamliners.

    • Posted July 28, 2015 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

      Gerard, With the sash in the “tilted-in” position, the pin sits on top of the B&T terminal. When you tilt the sash back up into the opening, the point on the pin releases the balance terminal.

  • Mary Keeler
    Posted July 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    How do I find a local contractor to to a fen-frame conversion on my windows?
    I am In Knoxville, TN 37918

    • Posted July 28, 2015 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

      Mary, If you can find someone in Knoxville, TN that can perform professional quality window work, we’d love to know who that is as well!

  • Ron
    Posted April 30, 2016 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    I have two picture windows that are leaking I assume from the metal clad on the outside of the window. It rotted the wood trim on the inside trim piece that surrounds the window. Do you all make and sell this part. I only need the bottom piece which is about 3ft long, 3/4 inch thick and 1 1/2 in wide. Any ideas on where this could be leaking from? Windows are builtbest. 18 years old. Thanks, Ron

    • Posted April 30, 2016 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

      Ron, This is very typical of clad wood windows. There is never any sealant between the cladding and the glass, nor in the corner joints. I believe we do have the Biltbest profile you need from that era. Unfortunately we don’t sell individual pre-cut parts, but we can sell you the sash profile by the foot for you to cut and rebuild the sash. Or, you can purchase a new, complete clad sash from our line of Quiksash products. You can find all of our products on our website at, http://www.fensterusa.com. Thank you.

  • Posted May 20, 2016 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t even know window trim kits existed, but it looks great. The difference in the first picture is astounding. The trim is even and matches all around. In addition, it doesn’t look like there was even a hole to begin with. The window looks brand new thanks to the trim kit. Thanks for posting!

  • Posted April 11, 2017 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    I am looking for the little white fasteners and screws for the storm panels for c-200 windows that Caradco made.

    • Posted April 18, 2017 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

      I thought I knew a lot about Caradco, but never knew they made storms for them. We probably can’t help you with what you are looking for. Sorry.

  • Shirley
    Posted August 10, 2017 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    I have a room with 30 year old casement windows that have rotted at the bottom from water getting in somehow. They are wood with vinyl cladding on the outside. Inside the casing looks great, however the bottom sash is bad. They are twin units mulled together making one set of four windows. I have had five different Window People look at them for repair. They only want to sell me new windows because it is more money to replace than to repair. After hours of research, I have finally been able with the help of Steve Garske from S & L Window Service and Repair to identify the manufacturer as SNE (Crestline) who no longer exists. What I really need is a professional repair person, the botton piece of the sash, and some hardware (thrown away by one so-called Window man). Any advice here?

    • Posted August 11, 2017 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

      Hi Shirley, Yes I know who Steve is. So where did you leave it with him? I thought he was making replacement sash too? We do have a SNE sash that was used by both Crestline and Vetter. That may in fact be the one you have, but some more investigating will be needed. That is aluminum clad though? I don’t think it was ever vinyl clad unless Crestline did something different with it that I’m not aware of. As far as the hardware goes, that should all be typical TRUTH hardware parts. There’s plenty of online retailers for TRUTH hardware. You should able to find those parts no problem. If you want to look into ordering some replacement sash, you can do that on our website, http://www.fensterusa.com, or send Steve our direction and we’ll get you fixed up.

  • Shirley
    Posted August 13, 2017 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    Hi Ryan, Thanks for replying. I plan to get back in touch with Steve after he returns from vacation. He told me that he would be gone for three weeks. Also, I am waiting on a couple of handymen to get back with me about the repair. Unfortunately, I lost my husband to Cancer nineteen months ago. If he were alive and well, there is not a doubt in my mind that he would repair these windows. Problem is, I haven’t found anyone yet who wants to repair them. They talk like it would be next to impossible to repair them. I have watched a couple videos and it doesn’t look like it would be all that difficult. Also, you are right about the aluminum cladding. That is exactly what is on these windows. I have already found a source for the hardware that I need. I will be talking to Steve again soon and hopefully be able to move forward with this project.

  • Posted October 10, 2017 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    If your window condition is not good then you should do repair. As there are variety of window material should available so every material’s installation process is different. If you do repair properly then it will remain long lasting. Also less maintenance cost will require. If you do your self then there is the chance of break down of window but if you hire a professional then they can do their job perfectly and you home will remain in tip-top shape. Professionals take the guarantees of the product and also the product they give that have the warranty.

  • Anthony
    Posted August 21, 2019 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    I have wooden Malta windows on my house, built in 1994. I cannot figure out how to remove the sashes to repair and paint. There are no latches or even screws on the inside of the jamb/plastic rail guides like the Andersen windows have. I have searched Google and Youtube extensively. Nothing. They are double hung windows.

    • Posted August 28, 2019 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

      Anthony, Those should be vinyl compression jambs. You simply push out on the vinyl tracks (toward the wall away from the sash) to release the tension on the sash while pulling the sash in toward you.

  • Anthony
    Posted August 28, 2019 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for your response Ryan! Believe it or not, I figured it out three days ago. They are actually easier to take out than my Andersens were! I guess I was looking for something more obvious and was hesitant to experiment too roughly. With epoxy, sanding and new paint I will save hundreds of dollars$$$$!

    Thank you again.


  • Shawn Maxwell
    Posted November 17, 2019 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    My south facing windows here in KC, MO take a beating. Do you have sash repair kits for Caradco’s casement windows?

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