One of the best things about timber windows is their longevity. They can potentially last a lifetime with proper care. This article will outline some of the measures you can take to ensure your timber windows stay in good shape and stand the test of time.
One of the biggest enemies of timber is excessive water exposure. In general, it’s a material that’s able to withstand a range of weather conditions with no problems. But, obviously, the weather isn’t the same everywhere. If you experience excessive amounts of rain, for example, this increases your chances of rot, which is arguably the biggest threat to the health of timber. Thankfully, harsh weather conditions don’t automatically equal problems like rot. If your windows are finished properly (as they will be at Stanbrook & Nicholson) you have nothing to worry about because there will be no moisture penetration.
If they aren’t finished properly and moisture gets in, you will have to remove the rotting wood by chiselling it away, making sure you go as deep as the good wood. Once this is done, you will need to use filler to fill the hole and then sand it down so it’s consistent with the rest of the frame. Then all that’s left to do is re-apply the finish. It’s probably best you get an expert to do this type of maintenance because if mistakes are made it could spell the end for your windows.
A build-up of dirt can also cause problems to your timber windows. In fact, certain contaminants can actually damage the finish even if it is properly applied. So, harsh weather conditions mixed with dirt on your frames can really be a deadly combination. To avoid all that is simple though. All you have to do is wipe down your frames periodically with a damp cloth. You can also use warm soapy water. By doing this you will not only ensure your windows stay looking great, but you will also maintain the finish, keeping harmful moisture at bay.
While rot is the most serious complication of excessive moisture, it can also cause other problems. One of the most common is sticking windows. But this isn’t the only thing that can cause your windows to stick. It can also the result of a varnish build-up. If this is the case, you can breathe a sigh of relief because it’s very simple to remedy. All that’s required is a stripping down of the existing varnish. Then just re-apply another coat of varnish to replace what you’ve just removed.
Above is a brief run-down of some of the problems you can face with timber windows and how to deal with them. But remember, they can virtually all be avoided with proper maintenance. The likelihood is that your timber windows will enjoy a long life.