Hello! My name is C.J., and as you may have guessed from the title of my blog, I am a huge dog lover. My dog has specialised things in my home like a built-in shelf for his food and water bowls and a dedicated grooming area with a bath. Outside, he has his own shady area, a dog house with a heated floor and a sturdy fence. I worked with contractors through all of those projects, and I hope to do even more. This blog is going to talk about contracting... I hope to start with some posts about the process involved in some of the things the contractor made for my pup but I also plan to include some posts with a more general contracting focus. Take a look and enjoy!
Timber windows can add a certain warmth and charm to your home's interior and exterior, and they work well with virtually any home style. However, they do need more maintenance than most other window materials, as wood will absorb moisture and then expand and contract, and wood is a good host to pests as well as to mold and mildew. To keep your timber windows in good repair and looking their best, note a few tips that probably any homeowner can manage.
Use putty at the first sign of damage
It's not unusual for homeowners to put off repairing their timber windows simply to avoid the chore, or because they think a small chip or crack is not important. However, that chip or crack allows in moisture and insects, and this weakens the wood. Your entire window can then become warped or start to grow mold or suffer more damage, even to the point where it needs replacing.
Repair even the smallest damage at the first sign of it, and be sure you use putty and not caulk or any other substance; other materials may pull away from wood as it expands and contracts, actually making damaged areas larger. Wood putty is meant to move with wood and adhere to the material, so be sure you're making repairs with the right substance.
Keep them painted
Paint meant for timber windows keeps them protected from moisture and other potential damage, but most paint will chip or crack over time. Adding a fresh coat of paint to your windows every year or as often as needed will keep them in good repair. If the windows are stained and the stain is not faded so that the windows need to be sanded and then stained again, add a coat of sealant every year or as needed to protect the material from damage. This can also make older stain look shiny and new.
Adding weather-stripping to your home's windows can help to insulate the home and keep out drafts during wintertime and hot air during summertime. Weather-stripping can also keep moisture away from the wood frame of your timber windows. This added layer of protection can mean less moisture being absorbed by the wood and less chance of the wood expanding and contracting or allowing for mold and mildew growth. Weather-stripping can also help to keep out insects that might feed on the wood and cause damage to the inside.