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Historic Window Restoration Services

Unlock the timeless beauty of your historic windows with Apex Window Werks! With 15 years of expertise, we’re Chicago’s premier choice for restoring the grandeur of historic windows.

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Our Historic Windows Restoration Services

Preserve the charm and heritage of your historic property with our expert historic window restoration and preservation services in Chicago, Illinois. Apex Window Werks brings a wealth of experience to breathe new life into your cherished windows, always doing a fantastic job with each project.

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Historic Wood Window Restoration

Our skilled craftsmen meticulously restore historic window frames, sashes, and hardware. We repair decayed wood, replace broken glass, and ensure proper functionality while preserving the authentic character of your historic windows by using old growth wood and modern restoration technologies.

Historic Metal Window Restoration

Historic preservation of metal windows requires a lot of care and attention. Our experts at Apex have the experience, the right tools, and the passion to keep the original look and feel of your metal windows.
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Wooden Frame Restoration

The wooden frame is one of the most important parts of old windows. Apex specializes in restoring them to their former glory! Our historic preservation process includes repairing, refinishing, and sealing to help your frames maintain their historical charm and structural integrity.

Historic Window Hardware Restoration

Trust us to rejuvenate historic window hardware, such as locks, handles, and hinges. We meticulously restore or replicate these elements to help them function smoothly while preserving the authenticity of your windows.

Weatherstripping and Insulation

We enhance the energy efficiency of your historic windows without compromising their appearance. Our weather stripping and insulation solutions improve comfort while maintaining historical accuracy.
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Historic Window Paint and Finish Restoration

We restore the original beauty of your historic windows through paint and finish restoration. Our experts carefully strip, refinish, and repaint to bring out the unique character of your windows.
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Solutions for Architectural Preservation

We provide customized solutions for your historic windows to help them align with preservation guidelines and regulations. Our team collaborates with preservationists to maintain the architectural integrity of your property.

Commercial Historic Windows Repair

Historic buildings include not just houses but also numerous commercial properties all over Chicago. Our expert team at Apex can manage antique windows and wavy glass to preserve the look of historic windows while improving their functionality!
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Extra Services to Take Care of Older Windows

Extra Services to Take Care of Older Windows

Historic preservation of old windows requires proper maintenance and care. Homeowners often lack the know-how and Apex experts can’t be everywhere at once.

If you’re in need of emergency window restoration, you can contact our affiliated company, which provides the following services:

  • Historic building window restoration
  • Custom exterior carpentry
  • Metal and aluminum capping repair and installation
  • Frame and woodwork repairs due to water damage
  • Entry door restoration

They also provide the following services, that can help you take care of old houses:

  • Greenhouse construction and repairs
  • New deck construction and frame repairs
  • All season room construction
  • Glass walls repairs
  • Glass shower wall repairs
  • Glass railing repairs

Trusted Chicago Window Restoration Company

15+ Years of Experience

15+ Years of Experience

Our skilled team guarantees top-notch craftsmanship, backed by our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.

Historical Accuracy

Historical Accuracy

We specialize in restoring windows to their original historical authenticity to ensure your property maintains its timeless charm and value.

Enhanced Energy Efficiency

Enhanced Energy Efficiency

Our expert restoration improves insulation, reducing drafts and heat loss, leading to energy savings for years to come.

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Our Clients

Great value compared to replacing all windows. Andersen Renewal quoted me $75k plus an additional $25k for Dryvit work on 16 windows [...] It turns out only the lower sashes were rotted and only 2 window pains needed replacement [...] Apex did all the work for less than $20k in 3 days and the windows now look and operate like new. Huge savings. My only negative is that about a week after installation, a metal plate fell off from around the outside of one window. Apex came out immediately and repaired it... checking all the windows to make certain they were effectively caulked. I would recommend anyone with aging wood windows to give APEX a chance. They can save you a fortune.

Chris Ras Chicago, IL

Had restoration work done on two large picture windows. Apex was very professional and easy to work with. They returned calls within a reasonable time, the estimate Nate gave was solid, appointment times were honored, and the repair crew of Marcelino and Dave did an excellent job replacing and finishing the rotted wood. They were pleasant, quick, and neat. I recommend Apex Window Werks! P.S. Thanks to the office staff too!

N D Chicago, IL

We hired Apex Window Werks to repair two of our wood casement windows after talking to 3 different contractors. All the contractors indicated our windows could not be repaired, and needed replacement. Apex provided a quote we were looking for to repair the windows. They were able to remove rotten spots in two windows, fabricate replacement parts, and then install the new parts. The work is high quality, and I am completely satisfied.

Jayden Montgomery Chicago, IL

Service technicians were polite and professional. They removed damaged parts of the window, cut new pieces to fit, stained the wood, and installed them nicely. The team cleaned up as if they were never there. I would recommend Apex Windows Werks for your window repair. Friends living near me ordered window repairs based on my recommendation as well.

Glenn Kaupert Chicago, IL

Apex Window Werks was contacted to replace my wood windows. They did not attempt to sell me something I did not ask for. Every other company did. Apex was professional, timely and the price was reasonable. I would use Apex again for my next project and I highly recommend this company to replace or repair your wood windows.

Kim Nalls Chicago, IL

The gentlemen that performed my service were on time, professional and I am so happy with their work. I highly recommend your services.

Clara Williams

I was thrilled that Apex Windows Werks had the right parts, and was able to come right out and repair my window on site. They were very prompt, and they saved me quite a bit of money over the replacement quote I got from another window company that didn’t do repairs.

Eric Hoffhines, Schaumburg, IL

Apex was fast, courteous and very competent. You’re price was lower than your competitors and you installed the window the next day, while other competitors were quoting 10 days delay.

Dennis Walsh

Historic Window Restoration vs. Replacement

The tried and tested mantra of “don’t replace – restore!” applies to historic and antique windows as well. Historic restoration of original windows has numerous benefits over simple replacement. They’re eco-friendly, cost-effective, and a historically sensitive choice for your property.

1. Preserving Your Legacy

Historic windows carry the essence of your building’s past. Window repair and restoration keep that legacy intact for future generations.

2. Eco-Friendly Choice

Window preservation is an environmentally responsible choice. Unlike window replacement, it reduces waste by avoiding the disposal of perfectly good materials.

3. Cost-Effective Solution

Restoration often costs less than full window replacement. You can repair and restore your historic wood windows and maintain their original charm without breaking the bank.

4. Historical Sensitivity

Preservation respects the authenticity of your historic building. Replacement windows might not capture the unique character and craftsmanship of the past.

5. Longer Lifespan

Preserved windows can last for generations when properly maintained. You’re not just fixing window problems; you’re securing a window’s future.

6. Aesthetic Appeal

Historic window restoration brings out the true beauty of your building. Repaired wood windows, free from layers of paint, shine with their original glory.

Our Historic Window Restoration Process

Restoring historic windows to their former glory is a meticulous and specialized process that requires the utmost care and expertise. Make sure you choose the experts! At Apex Window Werks, we follow a comprehensive restoration process to ensure that your historic windows maintain their authenticity and charm.

Our process typically includes the following steps:

1. Initial Assessment

Our skilled technicians start by thoroughly inspecting your historic windows. During this inspection, we’ll assess their condition and identify issues such as rot, decay, damaged frames, or broken glass. This information helps us plan the restoration process effectively.

2. Historical Research

To maintain historical accuracy, we research to understand the architectural style and materials used during the time your windows were originally installed. This research ensures that our restoration aligns with the historical context of your property.

3. Removal and Transportation

If necessary, we carefully remove the windows from your property. We take great care during removal to avoid any further damage. Once removed, the windows are safely transported to our restoration facility.

4. Cleaning and Stripping

We begin by cleaning the windows and removing years of dirt, grime, and old paint. Stripping the windows down to their bare wood surfaces is often necessary to start with a clean canvas.

5. Wood Repair and Replacement

Damaged or rotting wood components are repaired or replaced with matching materials to maintain the original look. This step may involve repairing sashes, frames, or muntins.

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6. Glass Restoration

If the original glass can be salvaged, we carefully restore it. If not, we source historically accurate glass to replace any damaged or broken panes. We choose glass to match the era when your windows were first installed.

7. Glazing and Weatherproofing

We apply traditional glazing compounds to secure the glass and ensure a weathertight seal. Proper glazing is essential for the long-term durability of the windows.

8. Reassembly and Refinishing

Once all components are repaired or replaced, we reassemble the windows, paying close attention to proper alignment and fit. We then refinish the windows, matching the original color and style to maintain historical accuracy.

9. Testing and Adjustment

Before reinstalling the windows, we test their functionality. This includes ensuring that they open and close smoothly and that hardware, such as pulleys and locks, are in working order. Any necessary adjustments are made.

10. Reinstallation

We carefully reinstall the restored windows back into your property. During reinstallation, we pay special attention to ensuring that they are level and properly sealed to prevent drafts and water infiltration.

11. Final Inspection

Our team conducts a final inspection to ensure that every detail meets our high standards of quality. We verify that the windows function correctly and that they maintain their historical appearance.

12. Clean-Up

We take pride in leaving your property in the same condition it was when we arrived. Rest assured that our team conducts a thorough clean-up, removing any debris or materials from the restoration process.

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Here's What Home and Business Owners Want to Know About Historic Window Restoration

Do you match the original window design and materials?

Absolutely. At Apex Window Werks, we prioritize matching the original window design and materials as closely as possible during restoration to create a seamless blend. We aim to preserve the historical integrity and aesthetic of each window, using era-appropriate materials and techniques to ensure authenticity.

Do you work on all types of historic windows?

We take pride in our ability to work on a diverse range of historic windows. Whether dealing with classic wood-framed windows, intricate leaded glass, or unique steel casements, our team has the expertise to restore them to their former glory while making sure they meet modern performance standards.

Is it cheaper to restore old windows?

When it comes to cost, restoration can often be more economical than outright replacement, especially for historic windows. Restoration not only preserves the original craftsmanship and charm but also avoids the need for custom-sized replacements, which can be costly. However, the specific condition of the windows can influence this, as highly damaged windows might require more extensive work.

Can old windows be saved?

Yes, old windows can be saved! With proper care and expert restoration techniques, even windows that appear beyond repair can be brought back to life. Our approach at Apex Window Werks focuses on preserving as much of the original material as possible, enhancing the window’s durability, and improving energy efficiency where we can. Saving these windows helps maintain the character of historic buildings and can be an environmentally friendly option as well.

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Contact us today to schedule your free estimate. Preserve your historic windows with expert restoration from Apex Window Werks.