The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.
For one reason or another, you may have chosen to have wood windows installed in your home. They look great, and can give your home a warm feeling, but they also need to have repairs and maintenance to last a long time. This can include things like repairing wood, painting and caulking the windows from time to time. You can also do things like add window film if you want your windows to have a better energy performance. If you want your wood windows to last longer and perform better, here are five tips to help you care for them:
1. Regular Painting Of Windows
Painting the windows in your home regularly is an important part of the maintenance. The paint helps to protect the windows from the weather. It is best to use a semi-gloss exterior paint, which will also make it easier to clean the windows between paintings. It is best to start with a clean wood service and use a primer before painting the window. The primer will act as a good base coat, and save paint when painting your windows.
2. Repairing Damaged Wood On Windows
Over time, the wood on the windows can eventually be damaged due to things like insects and water. If you have wood windows that have damage to them, you can repair them with a little wood putty. You will first want to remove paint from the damaged area, and remove any loose material from the window. Use a small putty knife to fill in the damage, and then repaint the area. It may be better to repaint the entire window where you are doing repairs. This way, the repairs will not be as noticeable.
3. Caulking The Windows To Keep Water Out
Most wood windows have caulking around the exterior trim. This helps to keep water from getting behind the window and into your home. You may need to remove old caulking and caulk the window again when it becomes dry. This can be worse on windows that get more sunlight, and you may want to replace the caulking more often on these windows. For the majority of windows, caulking can be done when you repaint the windows.
4. Adding Film To Improve The Performance Of Windows
If you have older windows, you can improve their performance by adding window films. This will help to improve the energy efficiency of your home. It can also protect your home from UV rays from sunlight, which you may want to have darker films where you get a lot of direct sunlight. There are also films that can make glass shatterproof, and thus, give your home more security.
These are some of the things that you can do to get more out of your windows. If you need help with repairs or replacement, contact a window contractor like one from R & K Windows to help you with your wood windows.