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Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.

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Preserve Your Antique Wooden Windows By Weatherproofing Them

by Regina Barnett

Antique wooden windows need just as much love and care as modern wooden window frames. If you decided to purchase a vintage home, you might have noticed these beauties throughout the house. Before seasonal weather conditions such as freezing temperatures set-in, consider the steps you need to take to keep your windows looking beautiful. Here are four ways you can use to ensure you weatherproof your wooden windows properly.

Repair Large Gaps

Inspect the wooden window frame and check for any gaps. Look for gaps where air can leak into the room. If the gap is too large and can't be fixed with weather stripping methods, then you will need to repair the area. If you don't have experience with this step, consider hiring a professional contractor. They will come in and evaluate all your windows, give you a price estimate and schedule a time to repair the area.

Fill Cracks

While you are checking for gaps in the window frames, you should also check for any cracks in the wood. Small cracks in the wood can allow moisture to set in, which will lead to warping and wood rot. Make sure to fill these cracks with wood putty, and seal the area to ensure a barrier between the timber and outside damaging elements. You can find wood putty and wood repair kits at your local home improvement or hardware store.

Weatherproofing Seal

Sealing your timber windows is a vital step to ensure the windows can hold up to extreme weather conditions. When you turn on the heat in your home and it is extremely cold outside, the window will develop condensation. This condensation runs down the window and makes contact with the wood frame. If that frame is not weatherproofed and sealed, it will succumb to the dampness, and wood rot will set in.

Weatherstripping

An additional step you can take to ensure your wooden windows are weatherproofed properly is to use weatherstripping in areas along the frame. You can find weatherstripping in a variety of colours and sizes at your local home improvement store. If you don't want a peel-and-stick stripping, consider purchasing a silicone seal that can be used on wood.

These are just four ways you can ensure that your wooden windows are weatherproofed and ready for extreme conditions. If you are worried that you might have overlooked something in your first repair check, it's always good to hire a contractor. They can even suggest ways to improve your weatherproofing and maintain your wooden windows.

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