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How To Repair Wooden Window Frames

These days many properties feature UVPC widow and door frames, however in some older or UPVC Windowsperiod properties the upgrade to these may not have been made due to cost, appearance or planning issues. But what if you have a property with wooden window and door frames that are in need of a little TLC? How should you go about repairing them?

You may be relieved to know that with a little time and patience repairing wooden window and door frames is a job that most people should be able to tackle themselves. So follow our steps below and get those old frames looking as good as new again.

How to repair wooden window frames

  1. Start by checking over the whole frame to identify any areas of rot, then sand back all of the old paint.
  2. Scrape out any cracked or loose putty and replace with new putty to keep the window pane firmly in place.
  3. Remove any areas of rot or damage with a chisel, ideally removing at least a 2cm border around the damaged area and keeping the edges as neat as possible.
  4. Cut a new piece of wood to the size of the hole, being as accurate as possible.
  5. Use a mould resistant wood preservative to paint both the hole and the new piece of wood to prevent any future issues. You could also treat the rest of the frame with preservative if you feel it needs it.
  6. Glue the patch in place using an exterior grade wood glue and leave it to dry completely, ideally overnight.
  7. Use wood filler to fill in any gaps around the patch and any other small gaps or cracks in the frame. Filler can also be used to recreate any shapes or moulding on the frame which might have been damaged.
  8. Leave the filler to dry overnight and then reapply as necessary. Remember that most fillers will shrink as they dry so reapplication is usually required.
  9. Sand the areas of filler, the new patches of wood and any other rough areas of the frame to give a perfectly smooth result.
  10. Apply a coat of primer to the frame and allow to completely dry.
  11. Paint the frame in the colour of your choice. You can, of course, simply varnish the frame for a natural effect; however the areas of filler and patches may remain visible.

However, if all of this just seems like too much hard work then why not consider upgrading your old wooden windows frames to thermally and energy efficient UPVC ones. UPVC window frames are available in a number of styles and finishes, some of which resemble natural wood, and so can still stay in keeping with the style of traditional and period properties. Quick and easy to install, UPVC windows will keep you warm and dry and could help to reduce your energy bills, without the need for timely maintenance and repair.

Trusted Bolton builders, Wisecraft LTD, are specialists in providing and installing UPVC windows into all types of properties. Contact us today to find out more about the options for your home.


Published Date: 17th February 2017
Category: UPVC Windows



Different Types Of Upvc Windows

Here at Wisecraft we have proudly been providing the lovely people of Bolton (and let’s not Gallery-Image-11forget many of the lovely surrounding areas too – here’s looking at you Horwich!) with expertly installed highest quality UPVC windows for years. And so if you are thinking about replacing those draughty old windows with lovely shiny new ones then there’s practically nothing that we don’t know about UPVC windows, and here’s the thing – we’re willing to share!

There’s a multitude of different UPVC window styles on the market and knowing which one to choose for your home can be tricky. Obviously your budget will affect your choice but it also worth bearing in mind the age and style of your property and how you want to use your windows. So have a look at our run down of some of the most popular types of UPVC windows and then if you want to talk through your choice further just give us a call on 01204 283644, we always love a chat!

Tilt and Turn Windows

These windows only open inwards and can either fully open from a side hinge or can open, often with degrees of, tilt from a top hinge. These are great for where an outward opening window isn’t practical e.g. on the ground floor next to a walkway etc. These windows are still able to offer a degree of security when open on the tilt function but can still provide an effective means of fire escape with the side opening function. The side opening function also makes it easy to clean both sides of the window from indoors.

Casement Windows

This style of window offers excellent ventilation as the opening part of the window is hinged at the top and opens outwards, so drawing air into the room. There is a myriad of different designs of casement windows with opening panes being situated in many different areas, and often with more than one opening pane.

Sash Windows

Particularly suited to period homes, sash windows feature one half of the window that slides over the other half. Traditionally it is the bottom half that slides up, however it also possible for the top to slide down or for both parts to slide. These windows can also be hinged at the side for easy cleaning and can offer a means of fire escape.

Bay and Bow Windows

These are windows that either fit into an extending alcove (bay) from the room or simply extended from the house in a curved fashion (bow). These windows usually need to be carefully manufactured and installed to ensure the perfect fit and usually include either casement or sash openings.

There are, of course, a number of other types of UPVC windows available, so to find out more contact Wisecraft Ltd today.


Published Date: 25th February 2016
Category: UPVC Windows


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