My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
The wooden windows in your home are bound to become a little less energy efficient over the years. After years of exposure to the elements and rain, wooden frames can warp. As a result, they might not close to create an airtight seal. Of course, this will result in leaky windows that make it harder to maintain the right temperature inside your home. In order to prevent your wooden windows from getting warped and having these problems, you need to keep them sealed at all times. This article explains how to refinish your wooden windows so they remain waterproof and airtight.
Sanding Down the Sashes
Refinishing wooden windows requires more than just applying a new coat of stain or paint. In order for the new stain to create a waterproof coat on your wood, you need to prepare the surface. This involves sanding down the existing stain and exposing the raw wood. In most cases, this will be more difficult and time consuming than actually applying the new stain. But it is very important if you want a durable, permanent finish. If possible, you should try to remove the sashes from the window frame. If you are unable to do this, you will just have to do more of the sanding by hand. When working with hardwood, you should use fine-grit sand paper. You want to basically sand until all of the stain is off of the wood. Then, go over the surface with extra fine-grit sandpaper. This will further smooth out the wood and make it fully ready to be stained.
Applying the Stain
First, you need to use painter's tape to mask off the glass panes and the walls around the window frame. To control the mess and speed up the staining process, you should use rags to apply the new stain. You can dip the rags directly in your stain can and rub it right onto the wood. Rub the stain on thinly, and then rub it off instantly. Basically, you want to apply several thin coats of stain, instead of one thick coat. With every coat you apply, your finish will get darker. The multiple coats will also create a stronger and more weather-resistant finish.
In the end, wooden window frames are great if you're willing to do this basic maintenance. If you're unable to maintain them, you might end up having problems and spending more money to fix them. For more tips, speak with a window repair professional.