Timber windows and doors are a beautiful addition to any home. They also add value to the property because they tend to be more expensive than uPVC windows and doors. Not only do timber windows and doors make your house look aesthetically pleasing, but they also provide insulation for the inside of your home during the winter months and help keep it cool in the summer. 

However, with all of this good comes some bad as well. If not taken care of correctly, timber windows and doors will rot and warp over time due to lack of maintenance or improper installation techniques. This is why we have come up with a few tips on how to care for your timber windows and doors to keep them looking their best for years to come!

  • Clean them regularly

It’s really important to keep your timber windows and doors clean. Generally, for general cleaning use a soft cloth with water mixed with soap or washing-up liquid. To remove grease marks, you should use washing up liquid without any water then rinse it off again with clean water. 

  • Re-paint/re-stain damaged surface

A quick rule of thumb for timber is if it’s damaged, you should re-paint or re-stain the surface as soon as possible. If necessary, a filler may be used to repair any damage and provide a smooth surface for reapplying the finish coat. 

  • Take care of hinges and locks

First, check that the hinges on both sides of the door open smoothly with no squeaks or sticking points. If not, lubricate them with light oil from time to time. Second, clean off dirt and grime from handles/plates using a soft cloth (avoid abrasive detergents). Thirdly, don’t forget about window locks! Make sure these work properly!

As we discussed earlier in this post, there are many ways that wooden windows and doors can be maintained so they look like new year after year with just some simple maintenance steps. To keep your timber looking its best throughout the years make sure you take care of them by following these simple guidelines. And if you feel like your timber windows need replacement, contact our friendly team here at Imperial Windows and we’ll be happy to offer a free, no-obligation quote and professional, impartial advice!