How To Protect Your Wood Window Frames

5 July 2016
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If you have wood windows, you will need to take a few extra steps each year to ensure that the wood does not start to rot and degrade.

#1 Remove Any Damaged Wood

The first thing that you need to do is deal with any damaged wood on your window frames. If there is any wood that has been damaged and is starting to look like it is becoming rotten, you are going to want to dig out the wood that has been damaged. You can do this with any small tool, such as a screw driver or a pocket knife. Make sure that you remove all of the damaged wood; if you leave rotting wood behind, the rot can spread and create a bigger mess for you down the road.

#2 Clean Wood With Water & Bleach

After you remove the wood that was damaged, you need to clean the wood. Use a bleach water solution to clean the wood. The bleach will kill any bacteria or organism that are on the wood that could harm it; it is one of the most effective ways to ensure that the wood is clean and protected.

You can also use a general all-purpose cleaner on the wood if you cannot work with bleach. If you go this route, use one that kills mold spores and mildew. This will help kill off anything that is damaging your wood frames. 

#3 Fill In Any Holes

Now that you have cleaned the wood, you need to fill any holes that you created by removing the rotting wood. Use a wood epoxy to fill in the holes. You may want to use a putty tool to move around the wood epoxy and push it into the holes. Read the directions on the epoxy and allow it to have enough time to effectively dry before you move on to the last step and seal the wood.

#4 Seal wood

Finally, you need to seal the wood using a wood protector or sealant. This will close the wood and ensure that water does not continue to damage the wood in the future.

If you want, you can also sand the wood, put primer on it and paint it. This will further seal the wood and protect it from rot. If you inspect and check your wood windows on a regular basis, they should stay in great shape and last for years. For more information, contact companies that specialize in repair replacement windows services.