Wood Windows, Doors, and Siding
Wood windows and doors allow the nice weather in, and more importantly, keep the nasty weather out! The easiest way to maintain these wooden building elements and features—and clapboard siding, cornices, and brackets— is to keep them painted. Unpainted wood will absorb water quickly, and wet wood will eventually rot. It is essential to replace missing and deteriorated window glazing putty, which keeps water (and air) from seeping around the window glass and, with small metal glazing points, helps to keep the glass in place.
- Look for signs of glazing putty deterioration such as cracking and water staining or peeling paint on the interior sides of the window muntins.
- Look for staining or peeling paint, especially at window and door sills, and along the bottom of doors where water may pool on a door threshold, and at downspout locations in cornices.
- Fill the gap between windows and doors and surrounding masonry with a flexible sealant to keep water out.
All building materials and systems have a natural life span and may need to be repaired or replaced simply because they have reached the end of their useful life. With diligent and proper maintenance, you can help minimize the need for and frequency of significant repairs.