Rot can occur on wooden window frames that have been exposed to constant moisture or weather. Window sill and frame rot is a common problem in the wood window. These days many properties feature UPVC window and door frames as a replacement to the wooden windows, however, in some older or period 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 on how to repair and get those old wooden window frames looking as good as new again.
Repairing rotted wooden window frames and improve your home’s energy efficiency
Even high-quality wood windows can rot or develop problems over time. Here are expert ways to fix it. With repairs and regular maintenance, the life of these old wood windows can be extended.
- Start by checking over the whole frame to identify any areas of rot, then sand back all of the old paint.
- Scrape out any cracked or loose putty and replace with new putty to keep the window pane firmly in place.
- 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.
- Cut a new piece of wood to the size of the hole, being as accurate as possible.
- 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.
- Glue the patch in place using an exterior grade wood glue and leave it to dry completely, ideally overnight.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sand the areas of filler, the new patches of wood and any other rough areas of the frame to give a perfectly smooth result.
- Apply a coat of primer to the frame and allow to completely dry.
- 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.
Wood Window vs UPVC Window
Not all window materials were made equal. UPVC windows are seen as the cheap alternative to wood due to their lower costs and low maintenance benefits. Wooden frames windows, on the other hand, has over the years generated a bad reputation for high maintenance repairs and expensive prices.
However, if all of this just seems like too much hard work then why not consider upgrading your old wooden window frame 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.
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Trusted Bolton builders, Wisecraft LTD, are specialists in providing and installing high-quality UPVC windows into all types of properties. Contact us today to find out more about the options for your home.