7 Steps to Weatherproofing your Timber Windows for Winter

Whether you still treasure your period windows and can’t bear to rip them out, or you have lovely new timber windows, you want to make sure that they trap in heat and keep out the wind and rain. There are a few ways to do this yourself and, with these steps, you can have timber weather proof windows.

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While wood is gorgeous, and resilient in its own way, it doesn’t have the same weather-resistant qualities as plastic. Water is your enemy, and rain and snow can be the downfall of unprotected timber windows. These tips are also perfect for Stormproofing your windows as this offers great thermal qualities. Here are the steps towards having traditional timber windows that are also weatherproof.

1. Seal the trim

Do this by applying three coats of mildew-resistant exterior primer. This fills in the natural grain and prepares the surface for painting. Make sure each coat has adequate time to dry before administering the next layer.

A warm, dry day is essential (10-32 degrees Celsius), as paint and primer dry better in low humidity. If you are having new timber windows installed, try to make sure the application of primer is done immediately after they have been fitted. With older windows, ensure that they are 100% free of dirt and dust before you seal.

2. Paint two coats of latex paint

This paint bonds to the primer and forms the perfect barrier against harsh conditions. Latex paint is the best because it’s flexible and expands and contracts in response to temperature. Therefore, it will last longer and help keep your windows protected for years to come.

3. Top it off with a waterproof sealer

Waterproof sealer safeguards your latex paint and further waterproofs your windows. For timber stormproof windows which are perfect for winter, this is an essential step, as it protects the wood from rot-provoking moisture.

4. Keep water-retaining objects away from your windows

A common mistake with timber windows is contact with objects that can become wet. Don’t prop anything (ladders, etc.) against your windows, as they could transfer moisture and promote rot. Also make sure your gutters function properly and are cleaned out regularly.

5. Seal around your windows with caulk

Caulking involves sealing gaps in your window sills using a pliable sealant. For timber stormproof windows, choose a caulk that doesn’t shrink much over time, and remains partly flexible, rather than completely hardening.

Apply the caulk by squeezing the trigger while you move it along the seam, and then smoothing it with a finger or the back of a spoon as soon as it has been applied.

Sealing gaps does two things. Firstly, water will not be able to enter around the sill or where the sill meets the glass and, secondly, you will lose less heat from your home. You should regularly inspect windows for cracks, so that you can apply more caulk if necessary.

6. Regularly inspect for mould and mildew

If you find mold or mildew on your windows, use a cleaning product intended to halt growth. You can even use natural products from your cupboards, Kim and Aggie style. Vinegar or lemon and water will do the trick. Steel wool can be used to scratch off tough areas.

7. Repaint your windows.

Every Autumn, evaluate the condition of your windows. When the paint begins to chip, it’s time to repaint. Remove the paint chips, sand, and begin the painting process all over again. Remember to use primer, latex paint, and a waterproof sealer.

This post was written by Sean Burton, a writer for George Barnsdale who manufactures high quality timber stormproof windows, coated with waterproof, UV resistant paint, and a choice of toughened, sound insulated or solar control glazing.

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