The natural beauty that wood windows add to a home is remarkable. The almost immediate warmth they bring to a room can make a large impact on the feel and look too. However, using a material like wood in the climate of North Carolina does require a certain amount of care to help ensure their longevity.
The advantage of wood windows is that they can last for a long time as long as you’re doing your part to keep them properly cleaned and maintained. With a couple tips you’ll have a great start on keeping your wood windows around for a long time.
Cleaning wood surfaces
While it’s simple to remember to clean the inside of your windows, it’s equally as important to clean the outside. After all, that is the side that is typically open to the elements. Wood surfaces have a tendency to attract dirt, dust and moisture over time. Cleaning the interior and exterior surfaces helps preserve the finish of your windows and helps to defend against deterioration.
Maintaining your wood windows can be as easy as wiping down the wood
surfaces with a soft, damp cloth. Not only does it get rid of the dirt and grime build-up, but keeps your windows looking better for a longer period of time. If there is dirt build-up over time, you can get warm, soapy water to clean, wiping away any residue with a damp cloth.
Where is it?
Depending on the location of your windows, you might notice that there is a difference in wear and cleanliness. You should be able to really see the difference on the exterior, as weather patterns in North Carolina normally come and go in the same direction.
Whether you have painted or stained wood windows, there are a number of treatment choices to help ensure that you get the most out of your windows. Using UV protected paint and stain help deter the effects of the sun and are helpful in keeping moisture at bay as well. It is recommended to do any initial treatment to your new or replacement windows within the first month of installation to receive the most benefit.
Wood windows can add so much to the character of your home, and keeping them maintained for their lifecycle is doable for many homeowners. If you’re wondering what the best cleaning method or finish choice is for your home, feel free to stop by the Pella® showroom in North Carolina and talk with the team at Pella. There, you’ll be able to see a number of options and combinations that can help you determine what works best for your home.