Maintenance Tips For Wood Replacement Windows
The purchase and installation of wood replacement windows is naturally an investment that you want to last. Wood provides a lightweight and affordable choice that provides optimum insulation value and infinite customization options. It does require a little bit more maintenance than vinyl options, so the following care tips are needed.
Tip #1: Clean the window frames seasonally
Dirt and debris can pose a major issue on wood windows. Not only is it unattractive, it can trap moisture which can lead to rotting or cracking issues. The fix is simple, fortunately. On the exterior windows, hose off the dirt that collects in spring, summer, and fall, then wipe down the sills and frames with a damp cloth. If the dirt is especially thick or stubborn, you can scrub gently with a soft-bristled brush and soapy water. Indoors, regular dusting and occasional wiping with a damp cloth is all that is needed.
Tip #2: Avoid exposed wood
This is especially important for the exterior part of the window frames. Exposed wood on the frames will absorb moisture, which will eventually cause the wood to rot. If the paint is damaged in one area of the window frame, you will need to repaint the frame. At the very least, cover the damaged area with a temporary patch of touch-up paint until you have time to repaint the entire frame.
Tip #3: Repaint as needed
Paint eventually wears thin and begins to fade, necessitating repainting. How long a paint job will last depends on many factors, from the weather and sun exposure to the quality of the paint. Get in the habit of inspecting the frames annually. If you notice peeling or bubbling paint, exposed wood, or other paint damage, it's time to have the frames repainted. The good news is that you can change the color to any that you desire, giving your home an instant new look.
Tip #4: Monitor the seals
Caulk is used on wood replacement windows to create a water and airtight seal where wood pieces meet each other or the glass. Over time, the caulk seals will degrade and crack or peel. When inspecting your windows each year, also check the caulking. If it is damaged, it's time to scrape out the old caulk and replace it with new. Caulk is also used on the interior of your windows, although it usually has a longer working life than the exterior caulk.
For more help with choosing and maintaining wood replacement windows, contact a window contractor in your area.