Timber window frames are a very attractive part of a house, especially in the case of period buildings where more modern uPVC items would not look right. Many homes in the UK were built before the advent of uPVC and – as such – are designed with older-style, timber window frames as part of the look.
The problem is that, while wooden window frames do last a long time if you look after them, natural wear and tear does take its toll – especially with the weather in the UK. Here are some helpful tips that will help you keep your timber windows looking as good as possible.
Cleaning – of course, you will have your glazing cleaned regularly, but what about the window frames? It is recommended that you wipe down the exterior and interior woodwork of all timber windows twice yearly, and open the windows and clean away any dirt or debris that may have gathered in the gaps. Insects can also make a home in the crevices of window frames, so you’ll need to get those creepy-crawlies out!
Check Seals – your wooden windows may have seals and ventilators fitted, and if so, these should be checked for damage or blockages. Any damage could allow damp to penetrate the wood, and this leads to rot that can mean further damage.
Check for Rot – there is a good chance that older wooden frames will rot if damp is allowed to get to them, and you may find that you have windows that are too old – and too far gone – to repair. All is not lost, for modern casement windows from quality timber window experts such as Dempsey Dyer Ltd are designed to give you more modern windows in terms of how they are built, but keep the look that you want, and all at sensible prices.
Renew the Paintwork – the coat of paint on your exterior window frames is not just for looks, it’s also there to help protect the woodwork from the rain, snow, wind and even the sun that it is exposed to permanently. In time, paint will fade and sometimes peel – especially if damp gets under it – so a new coat will be needed. This should be no more often that every few years, but it is essential it gets done, with the old paint rubbed down and the new paint applied properly. If you are competent at DIY there is no reason you shouldn’t tackle this job yourself, but it is always the case you’ll get a better and longer-lasting job if you engage the services of a professional.
The above are a few tips that should help you get the best life out of your timber framed windows, and they are the most attractive choice if you have an older property that suits the style. Regular cleaning and a yearly check-over will certainly help, as well as that coat of paint, and if you need any further advice contact the experts, as you may find it more cost-effective to have new timber windows installed.