There are many choices of materials for the windows you have installed in your home, but wood is still the most popular. This is for performance and durability, among other reasons. Wood windows can last for many years with the right care and maintenance, but they can also need repairs. If you want to get the most out of your wood windows, here are some tips to help make them last longer:
1. Regular Painting To Protect The Wood
Painting the window is one of the most important things that you can do to protect the wood. This is something that you will want to do every few years. To tell if the wood needs painting, look at it and if you see cracks or the paint appears chalky, it needs to be painted. Lightly sand the paint off before you repaint the windows. In addition, you may want to have a can of extra paint around to do maintenance and touch up the windows when you do repairs.
2. Recaulking The Casings To Protect From Water
The caulking around windows may also need to be redone when it becomes worn. This is something that you will want to do when you repaint the windows. You will also want to do this if you notice any damage around the windows or dry and cracked caulking. It is important to make sure that there are no cracks around the windows where water can get in behind the casing. When you caulk around the windows, painting will cover the caulk and help to protect it from the elements.
3. Repairing Problems With Rotten Wood And Insect Damage
You may also need to repair problems with rotten wood or insect damage. If there are holes in the wood from insects like termites or bees, treat the wood and fill the holes in. For rot, you will want to remove the damaged materials and fill the area in with a wood filler. When doing this, sand the paint off of the wood to get a better view of the damage. Once you have finished the repairs you will need to repaint the window. Painting the entire window will make repaired areas less noticeable.
These are some tips that can help your wood windows last longer. If you need help with care and repairs to your windows, contact a window repair contractor like D&M Roofing & Guttering, Inc to get the help you need.