Regular maintenance is important to extend the life of your exterior timber windows. You should clean your windows and frames a few times a year with soapy water. You should also open the windows to allow air to circulate, and to clean all areas of your windows. Be sure to remove cobwebs and any other debris that may be blocking your water drainage and ventilation vents.
Maintenance on timber windows is essential to their longevity, but it doesn’t have to be a hassle. You will need to inspect them thoroughly when you clean your windows. The southern and western sides and other areas that receive lots of sunlight should be paid special attention to, because the rays from the sun are hard on woodwork. If your home doesn’t have eaves to protect the windows, they may require a bit more care as well.
If you notice any scratches or cracks in your paint, it’s time to fix it before it damages your windows. Painting your panes will cover and seal any scratches before they have time to damage your windows. Going over your exterior panes once a year is a good way to ensure that they stay in good condition, and it keeps them looking great as well.
It’s good to paint in the middle of the day. You will want to wait till the morning dew has dried, and give the paint time to dry before the evening dew falls.
Cleaning and inspecting your windows a few times a year and a new coat of paint once a year will extend the looks and life of your windows.