If you are in the market for new windows in your home, there are a lot of factors that you need to take into account. Most importantly, you need to decide on the right material for your window sashes. Some of the most common and practical window sash materials are synthetic products like vinyl, fiberglass or aluminum. However, you can still install a natural product like wood. Wooden windows are not as popular as they used to be, partly because the synthetic products are easier to care for. However, they don't have the style and class of wood. If you are determined to get wooden windows, you should not be afraid of the maintenance. This article explains how much maintenance is necessary if you own wooden windows. You will see that it is actually not that bad.
Keeping Your Windows Sealed
The key to maintaining wood is making sure that it is properly sealed at all times. It is obviously more important that the exterior side of your windows are properly sealed to protect from the elements. Most likely, you will need to refinish the exterior side of your windows every few years. You probably won't need to refinish the interior more than once in a decade, unless you are painting them to change the color. Of course, the frequency also depends on how much moisture and sunlight you get and how often the interior sides of your windows are handled. Some windows in your home will wear down faster than others.
Sanding Your Windows
The hardest part of refinishing wooden windows is just sanding them down. In order for the new finish to create a strong bond with the wood, you need to sand down the old finish. If you are going to stain your sashes with a clear sealant, you probably need to sand off all of the existing stain. However, if you are just repainting your sashes another solid color, you don't need to sand off all of the existing finish. The process is mainly difficult because a window sash is a relatively small surface and there are tight corners that you need to get into. You will need to use a combination of vibrating power sanders and handheld sponge sanders.
Once the surface is prepped, you just need to tape off the glass and stain your sashes. It is easier to apply clear wood stain with a rag. However, if you are using traditional wood paint, you will probably want to use paint brushes and rollers.
As you can see, the process is not too difficult, so you should not be afraid to take on the project. Talk to a window installation expert for more help.
Is the roof on your home ready for replacement? If so, do you know what type of roofing you are going to have installed to replace it? Will you have the existing roof removed, or just have the home re-roofed? You will face several decisions while you work to replace the roof on your home. Scroll through my site to find a great list that can help you decide what product and method of installation will be best for your home. Hopefully, the information provided will take some of the confusion and stress out of this big, important home improvement project.