Make Your Wooden Windows Last With Regular Maintenance


Wood is a classic material for windows. For one, it provides an attractive profile. Indeed, you can easily change the look of your home's or room's facade by painting the wooden trim. Additionally, as This Old House points out, wood is a natural insulator, one that can save you between seven to 24 percent off your utilities every year. However, wood does require a little care.  After upgrading your current windows with wooden frames, keep them looking beautiful with regular maintenance.

Check the Exterior Semi-Annually

The first step in maintaining your wood replacement windows is checking them twice a year. It's a relatively easy task. All you have to do is inspect the sealant and caulking. Look for cracked or broken caulking, as this can affect the performance of the seal. Pay special attention to windows in the lower corners of the house. If you find signs of deterioration, touch up the area with caulking.

Inspect the Interior Annually

The interior of your windows probably doesn't face as much wear and tear as the exterior, so it should only be necessary to check it once a year. You're looking for the same signs as with the exterior. Likewise, watch for peeling paint. This is uncommon, but it can occur in either the exterior or interior. If you notice peeling paint, sand the area, and apply a fresh coat of paint.

Wash the Frame Regularly

Rain and wind can prematurely age your window frames. To wash the wood, combine mild detergent with warm water. Dip a sponge in this solution and wash the window frames. Change the water and rinse out the sponge as soon as the water gets dirty to avoid simply spreading it on the wood. If you live in a coastal area where salt can deteriorate the wood, you may need to wash your frames every month. Otherwise, twice a year is probably sufficient.

Stop Mildew in its Tracks

Your wooden replacement windows come pre-treated to withstand mildew. However, as you perform your semi-annual inspection of the frames, look for signs of discoloration. This can herald growing mildew. To get rid of the mildew, sand the frame with fine sandpaper. Fill in any cracks with a wood filler and allow to dry overnight. The next day, use a latex or oil-based paint to re-paint the wooden frames. Again, mildew is more of an issue in coastal or humid climates.

With a little regular maintenance, your wooden replacement windows can provide years of beauty to your home.


6 January 2016

Front Door Options: Choosing the Right One

When I decided to invest in a new front door, I was surprised to learn how many options are on the market today. Not being sure what to do, I sought out the help of a contractor. That helped me set priorities and find the right one for our home. The contractor talked to me about all the features that the right door needed to provide. The door had to be sturdy as well as look nice. It also needed to fit properly in the frame and include some type of insulation. In my case, I went with a metal door filled with foam insulation. For looks, I had the door covered with a wood veneer and sealed. If you are thinking of replacing the front door, let me share what the contractor taught me. Those same tips will help you come up with the right choice.