How to Maintain Wood Window Frames

Wood window frames are one of the most popular choices amongst homeowners, and for a good reason: they are aesthetically pleasing and provide a wide range of benefits, such as better insulation and durability.

However, wood windows require higher maintenance than their vinyl, fiberglass and aluminum counterparts, which can feel like a daunting prospect for many. We have broken down the processes required to take care of wooden windows to help you understand the basics.

Common Issues with Wood Window Frames

Some of the issues that might arise from wood window frames include:

  • Cracks around the window frame
  • Mold growth
  • Paint/finish peeling off
  • Foggy glass

Thankfully, these problems are easy to fix and, in some cases, altogether preventable.

How to Prevent These Issues

There are two key processes to keeping your wood windows clean:

Cleaning Wood Windows

  1. Regularly wipe the frame with a dry cloth; this helps remove accumulated dust and will make the cleaning process below much smoother.
  2. Once a month, dampen a sponge or soft cloth with warm water and mild detergent, and utilize it to go over your wood window frames. Follow this up by using another damp cloth (with only water this time, no detergent) to remove the soap left behind. Finally, grab a dry cloth to soak up any remaining moisture.

Regular Inspections

It is essential to frequently check your wood window frames for damage, keeping an eye out for potential issues such as cracks, mold and chipping paint or finish, among others. Early detection will prevent these problems from growing.

Tip: To kill two birds with one stone, do these inspections each time you dust off your window frames.

Retouch Them Every Few Years

Finishes help protect your wood windows from the elements, but they don’t last forever. Exterior window frames should be refinished every 2 to 3 years, while interior ones last longer since they’re not as exposed to the elements. To refinish them, you will need to use sandpaper to remove the old product layer before applying a new finish of your choice. You can also hire a professional to do this for you.

Explore Our Range of Wooden Windows

That’s it! You now know the basics on how to maintain wooden windows and can take good care of yours, or—if you are in the market for new window frames—make an informed decision on whether wooden window frames are the right fit for you. Here at North Shore Door we offer a wide range of wooden windows by Marvin, which are known for their high performance, exceptional style, and easier maintenance.

Do you have more questions about wooden windows? Feel free to contact us and we will do our best to answer all your queries.

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