Winter Checks for Timber Windows
Bespoke timber windows not only provide a wonderful finishing touch to your home, when hand made to your exact specifications from high quality, sustainably sourced woods, they also provide a solution that will last for many, many years, providing you treat them with a little care when necessary.
At Rural Timber Window Company, we craft all timber windows from woods that are not only taken from sustained forests, but also naturally resistant to wood rot, for example, Oak, Sapele and Accoya. We also finish timber with environmentally friendly water based paints or stains to achieve the finish of your choice, whilst also protecting the wood, allowing it to breathe, and to last for years and years.
Potential problems to look out for
Whether your windows are newly installed or a few years old, with winter fast approaching, it’s always advisable to carry out a few winter checks to make sure your windows stay protected in the coldest months.
The start of Autumn is always a good time to make winter checks on all wooden window frames, helping you to carry out any maintenance if necessary, before winter sets in. The most important things to look out for are any signs that a window is letting moisture in. Look for signs of:
- Water leaking continually onto a window – whilst wood paints and stains help to protect windows, a constant flow of water onto the window can cause damage over time, so it’s important to find the source of water and repair it.
- Cracks in the wood – cracks allow water to get into the wood, causing damage to the internal material of your window frames, which can extend into the interior of your home.
- Peeling paint – peeling paint suggests that water is getting underneath the paint surface and damaging the wood beneath.
Water very quickly causes damage to any material that it is able to penetrate, so these checks are very important for helping make sure your timber window frames last for years to come.
When checking your windows for potential water damage, you can make sure all locks are working properly, all seals are intact, and that there is no movement around joints that could let draughts and moisture into your home.
Painting wooden windows
Just because timber frames are painted and treated when they are installed, this does not mean that they won’t need a new coat of paint or wood stain every few years to help keep the wood in great condition. It’s always advisable to check on the condition of your windows every five years or less. Should the paint be peeling off in places, or the stain fading, it’s advisable to repaint your windows to prevent any damages.
Bespoke timber windows in Worcestershire and surrounding counties
If you are looking for a versatile, bespoke and durable window frame solution for your home, then timber windows could be the perfect choice for you.
For more information on timber windows in all styles, please contact Rural Timber Window Company by calling 01905 841199.