Wooden It Be Nice: 5 Tips on Caring for Wood Window Frames


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A wood window is a popular type of window in the country. With proper maintenance, it can give your home a classic and elegant look. The key to having beautiful wood windows that last for many years is to know how to properly care for them.

At NEXT Door & Window, we want to help you maintain your home’s curb appeal by having stunning windows all year round. Here are five tips on caring for your replacement wood windows in Chicagoland:

1. Inspect the Exterior

Similar to other exterior parts of your home, the exteriors of your windows need to be inspected at least once a year. Make sure the wood isn’t exposed to the elements by looking for bubbled, cracked, or peeled paint. You should also check for failed caulk and mildew growth. All these may make your wooden frames prone to moisture and sun damage.

2. Remove Surface Dirt

Use a long-handled brush with soft bristles and water to remove surface dirt on the frames. For a thick layer of dirt, you may use a mild detergent for cleaning. Other people prefer solutions composed of alcohol and water for cleaning their windows.

To prevent ugly streaks on your windows after washing, clean them from top to bottom and rinse them completely to avoid leaving soap on the surface. Any detergent left on the frame for a long time may damage its finish.

3. Touch Up Small Damaged Areas

A small damage can easily turn into a big one if you don’t treat it immediately. Touch up nicks and scratches using latex primer and paint that match the shade of the frames.

4. Check the Exterior Caulking

Caulking helps prevent air leakage. When cleaning your windows, inspect the exterior caulking to make sure it is intact. If not, trim off loose caulk and reseal gaps. Common caulking compounds for windows include a water-based foam sealant and butyl rubber.

5. Finish and Paint Bare Wooden Frames

For new bare wood window frames, consider finishing it as soon as you can to avoid exposing the wood to the sun, wind, and rain. A primer doesn’t provide protection from the elements. It only enhances the adhesion of paint on wood.


Get the most out of your new replacement window installation in Illinois by knowing how to care for wood frames properly.

If you need more information on replacement windows or wood frames, consult NEXT Door & Window, your source of high-quality windows and doors in Arlington Heights, Burr Ridge, and Naperville. We offer products from leading brands, including Marvin, Infinity, Therma-Tru, and Sunrise.

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