Many home owners are often fearful of the maintenance that comes with timber windows. After all, unlike UPVC or aluminium windows the resins which rise to the surface can cause discolouring and increase the possibilities of leakage. Yet, having specialised in the supply and fitting of timber windows since 1986, Cherwell have witnessed substantial improvements in the solidity of timber frames and reduced need for maintenance.
In this article we’ll be exploring what maintenance may be required on your timber windows throughout their life. This will include exploring the various coatings available on the market today, how to deal with sticky resin and what other damage you should keep an eye out for. You’ll then be in a better position to care for your beloved windows and ensure that they keep your home secure and warm for years to come.
Whilst the future care of your windows is vital, the level of maintenance that will be required is often heavily dependent upon your supplier of choice. This is because suppliers’ products are often assembled in different ways and utilise different quality materials.
The first key to choosing a supplier is to consider their customer reviews. This is as reviews published on websites such as TrustPilot will provide you with an indication of the supplier’s quality of product and service level. When checking these websites, however, ensure that you do not simply consider the star ratings but also take time to delve into the comments being made. These comments will often reveal common trends in the company’s performance, whether they be good or bad.
Heritage is also incredibly important as those suppliers with years of experience are able to bring unique knowledge to the table. You’ll also find that suppliers with years in the industry are able to source materials for greater value and maintain greater quality of product due to the relationships they have built with manufacturers. This is something which Cherwell prides itself on achieving since 1986.
Finally, enquiring to how the supplier assembles their products is pivotal. This is as frames put together on-site will often require greater maintenance in the future. Frames manufactured in factories, however, have greater consistency. They also tend to go through a stringent process to ensure that there are no unwanted gaps remaining between its various elements, which will only become more significant once installed.
UV from the sun can alter the colouring of your windows over time and potentially cause mould to develop more quickly. It is, therefore, common practice for manufacturers to introduce a coating to protect the wood. In most cases these will be translucent stains that allow the classic timber style to show through whilst providing a little UV protection. The greatest way to protect the valuable wood is to introduce an opaque coating of a light variety, which will not only last longer than a translucent stain but also reflect the UV better.
Before placing any opaque coating on timber windows you must ensure that a primer has been used. This will provide the top coat with a good base and therefore avoid any extensive chipping or uneven finishes. Although, both of these steps will likely be performed by your supplier prior in factory conditions and you will simply have to ensure that those coatings are maintained. This ongoing maintenance shouldn’t be required too often, dependent upon the age of the wood. You should speak to the supplier when having your windows installed for advice on this.
Each spring perform a deep clean of your external windows. This should include washing the glass and frame, oiling the hinges, and of course repairing any apparent damage. When cleaning your windows, however, ensure that you do not use a power-wash or garden hose. This is as the power provided by these tools can often cause the seals around your windows to fail and therefore increase the likelihood of rotting or expansion of the wood.
This spring clean should also be utilised as an opportunity to clear any debris that is blocking the trickle vents that help prevent condensation forming. If you allow these vents to remain blocked you may experience a build-up of moisture on the frame of your timber windows and therefore increase the likelihood of unwanted damage.
Having chosen an experienced supplier, protected your windows from UV and performed a spring clean; your timber windows are now well protected. If you’re still questioning whether to install such windows onto your home due to the maintenance involved, request a call from our team. They will be able to advise you on all the necessary maintenance that should be carried out, and when. In doing so, you can be assured as to whether the investment is wise.