Wood window frames are most common on older homes. They add character to these homes. You'll likely want to preserve these window frames because of their age and historical value. However, wood frames have a tendency to peel and crack when it comes to their paint or lacquer. If you want to protect the window frames and prevent their peeling and cracking, here are three ways to do just that.
Paint-on sealant is the best way to prevent peeling and cracking. There are sealants for painted window frames, and there are sealants for lacquered window frames. The sealant should be applied twice a year: once in spring and again in the fall.
The spring application protects the wood against the extreme heat and humidity that is to come with summer. The fall application protects the wood frames against the ice and snow of winter. During the seasons, wood expands and contracts a lot, which is why the sealant needs to be applied a second time during the year.
Plastic Weatherization Film
If you already use plastic weatherization film, then you know how to apply this stuff. If you cut larger pieces to fit over your windows, the plastic film can cover most of the wood window frames. You can also use this approach in conjunction with the sealant.
Wood putty is an acrylic polymer sold in tubs in hardware stores. It is typically used to fill in holes and large cracks, but it can also be used to protect wood that is not having any issues.
There are two ways you can use wood putty to protect your wood window frames:
- Take some of the old scrap wood from around the house. Grind it into dust, and then mix it into a lump of wood putty the same color as your window frames. Apply a thin layer, like plaster, to your window frames. Let it dry and sand it smooth.
- Take the wood putty out of the tub and apply it directly to the window frames. Make sure it is a very thin layer, almost as though you are "painting" with it. Smooth it with a sponge and let it dry.
The wood putty not only fills cracks and peeling chips you cannot see, but it also provides a nice sealant that lasts a long time.
For other methods of protecting your wood window frames, contact a professional window service.