Wood window frames have a charm all their own. They add a sense of elegance and warmth to your home. They take some maintenance, but the effort can be well worth it. Here are four tips to help you enjoy your wood window frames year after year.
1. When you purchase new windows, hang on to the user guide. Take the time to read through the manufacturers’ guide to your windows. Store it in a place where you can easily find it later. The guide should explain in detail how to care for your particular product.
2. Keep them clean and sparkling. Wipe down wooden window frames with warm water. You can use gentle dish soap if you’d like, just be sure to wipe the frames again afterwards to make sure the soap is gone. Follow any manufacturer instructions. You may want to dust the frames as well, before washing them.
3. Clean panes before frames. While you’re cleaning window panes, the dust, dirt or cleaning product can escape onto frames. So clean panes first and frames second.
4. Give your windows a regular check-up. Is paint flaking off? Wood window frames need paint or stain in good condition. Is the wood cracking? Cracks may call for some filler. And, how about the outside caulking? Make sure your window is all sealed up. And, although it’s not fun to say, it’s smart to check wood windows for signs of rot.
With regular maintenance, wood window frames can add a lovely touch to your home and last a long time. Plus, they are strong insulators.
To learn more about your frame options, visit us at Minnesota Exteriors. We have a large selection of wood frames and can talk with you further about their advantages and maintenance. We can also discuss vinyl and fiberglass frames with you. When you visit us, you’ll find high-quality brands and a variety of styles. Whatever your needs, our priority is to help you find a frame material that’s both beautiful and a good fit for your lifestyle.