Buying new windows for your home is a major purchase. Luckily though, it isn't something that needs to be done often. However, few people realize that there are a few tips and tricks that can help you extend the lifespan of your new windows. My husband and I recently bought new windows and I wanted to make sure I got the most out of them, which is how I came across these tricks. I spent a lot of time researching and learning about them, so I decided to create a website to help others who may be looking for the same information. I hope this helps you.
If you want to install new windows in your home, you should not overlook wooden windows. Most windows in modern homes are built with materials like aluminum or vinyl. Both of these products are very practical, but they do not offer the traditional style and feel of real wood windows. If you do invest in wooden windows, you will need to commit to a little more upkeep. This article will explain how to maintain wooden windows so they stay strong, energy efficient, stylish and waterproof.
Protect Wood From Moisture
The biggest danger to wooden windows is moisture. Of course, moisture is more of an issue when it comes to the exterior of a window frame. If a wooden window frame gets wet, it can get warped or swollen. This is particularly problematic on movable windows. If the frame is too swollen, it will be very difficult to open and close on a daily basis. Also, the water damage can lead to wood rot that can compromise the structure of the window frame. If you want to keep your wooden windows well protected from water you need to seal them with the right stain.
If you want to properly stain your windows to protect against moisture, you will need to sand down the surface before you re-stain it. A light sanding with a sanding sponge will knock off any loose chunks of wood and help the new stain to stick to the frame. If you re-stain your wood without sanding it down, the seal will not last as long. If you live in a climate that is particularly cold and wet, you might want to re-stain the exterior of your frames every two or three years.
Fill Any Holes in the Wood
One of the most important things to do when maintaining wooden frames is to fill any holes, scratches or dents in the frame immediately. These small blemishes can lead to much more serious problems later on. They can result in greater water damage and termite infestations. Be sure to keep a dense, hardwood putty on hand see you can fill small holes immediately. Even if the hole is smaller than your fingertip, it is a good idea to take a dab of putty and spread it into the hole before it becomes a more severe problem. You will eventually want to re-sand and stain the hole that you just filled. It is most important to simply fill the hole as soon as possible.
With a little extra care and attention, your wooden windows will last just as long as vinyl or aluminum. For more information on window installation, contact a professional like Nu-Vue Products.