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Wood windows require a lot of maintenance. Wood was once a living material. If not taken care of properly it can begin to biodegrade while itís still on your house. This is referred to as wood rot. Every home owner should be aware of it and take the necessary precautions to prevent it.
Keeping water and mold off of your wood windows is vital to their long term health. If you do notice any mold on wood windows then you should address the problem soon before rot begins to do serious damage to the wood fibers. Preventative maintenance is a key part of caring for wood windows. It takes some diligence and time to keep wood window looking their best as years go by. Harsh weather; rain, ice, snow, and sun can wreak havoc on unprotected wood. Make sure you have your windows protected. Sealing, staining, and painting are part of the necessary upkeep.
Wood windows need to be painted or stained regularly. The frequency with which you need to do this will depend on a couple different factors:
Where is the home located?
Is the home located in a hot or cold part of the country?
Wood windows in the western states like California and Nevada will likely experience hot temperatures and a lot of sunlight. In the eastern states precipitation will be more of a factor. In states like Pennsylvania and New York, wood windows will take on heavy precipitation at times; snow, ice, etc.
Which way does the property face?
Is the home facing the east, west, north, or south? How does this effect where the wind hits the building? Do you live near the ocean or a body of water where the wind hits harder on a particular side? What side of the home does the sun hit during the hottest parts of the day? Pay attention to the windows that receive abuse from Mother Nature. You may need to perform maintenance on these windows sooner than other windows.
It is good avoid uneven ware on your windows because people typically replace their windows all together. It makes the most sense to do this for aesthetic reason. It looks strange to have a few new windows and some old ones.
Every home will vary when it comes to the amount of sanding, staining, and painting will need to be performed on the windows. The climate factors we discussed will make an impact on the length of time you will have before you will need to perform maintenance or repairs on your homeís wood windows. There are also other factors that will come into play, like the quality of the paint or sealer that the last person used. You get what you pay for when it comes to window paint as with most things. Remember that next time you paint your windows.
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