Wood is a material that has always had its charm. It is a part of the outdoor world placed in our homes, from the most classic to the most modern. Over time, however, it has gained a reputation for being a "hassle” to maintain, especially when compared to other more modern materials, such as aluminum or PVC. But is it really so? How much maintenance does a timber window really need?
How much maintenance do timber windows require?
For a timber window to remain in excellent condition and stand the test of time, a quick once-a-year treatment with a mild detergent solution or cleaner is sufficient: nothing else is needed to keep it looking splendid
If made with quality materials, a timber window has an exceptionally long life span: a few small tweaks are enough to make sure it stays in perfect condition
Naturally, the quality of the materials and the workmanship must meet the highest standards: this is a must for products made to withstand the passage of time.
All you need is a quick once-a-year treatment with a mild detergent solution or cleaner - anyone can do this task easily, without having to remove the window or take it apart. This is enough in most cases to keep the window frame in perfect condition.
Restoring a timber window
If a timber window should become damaged or deteriorated due to poor weather, it can be repaired by changing the damaged piece(s) or by applying specific treatments
Keeping timber windows well maintained is not the complex process it is made out to be: Cleaning windows using a mild detergent solution ensures that most of the work is done. Of course, in case of very harsh weather conditions over the years, the paintwork will flake or crack, letting moisture get to the timber, causing rot and ruining the window. If so, how do you restore a timber window?
Unlike other materials, timber windows can be repaired either by applying specific treatments or by replacing damaged parts.
This is one of the main differences that set timber windows apart from windows in other materials, especially PVC: in most cases timber windows can be effectively repaired, while once other types are damaged they must be replaced. By applying specific treatments or, if necessary, replacing damaged parts you will not need to pay for a full replacement of your window.
The durability of timber, aluminum and PVC windows
Although aluminum and PVC may seem more durable materials in the short term, timber windows are often more sturdy in the long run
One of the main features of windows is that they are, quite literally, built to last decades, providing that the workmanship and the quality of materials is top notch. There are even historic and listed buildings where the existing timber window was properly restored and is still in place, contributing to the visual charm of the property. We should perhaps choose our windows on this basis: their ability to withstand the passage of time.
In this sense - broadly speaking: it is always better to rely on expert opinion - timber windows can represent a better choice than aluminium, and even more than PVC.
If there is no question that the aesthetic quality is for all to see, technically speaking, timber windows deteriorate due to lack of maintenance and a localised repair and overhaul will usually bring the window back to health, something that cannot be done with other types of windows.