How to Repair Wood Rot on Window Frames
What is Wood Rot
How to repair wood rot on window frames (the DIY method)
If you want to do this yourself and have searched online for tips to repair wood rot, here is what you might have come across:
- Get your chisel and dig out the rot
- Buy [insert crazy expensive product here] and treat the timber
- Fill the hole with bog
- Sand it
- Paint it
- You’re done!
That might sound easy enough – and those steps are! But unfortunately, this is a waste of time and money. Our team are trained for over a year before they complete a job, solo, and that’s because it’s not easy. Wood rot hides in places you can’t see, and by completing the steps above, you’re never going to get all the rot. This means that over time (a week, a month, a year) the rot will come back. Wood rot spreads easily and rapidly through your windows so digging out the damaged part that you can see does nothing for the issue!
Imagine this: you prick your finger on a rusty nail. That wound starts bleeding and you treat that wound by washing it out with water, and putting a bandaid over it. What you’re not seeing is the bacteria running through your body, potentially causing Tetanus. A bandaid might be a simple fix and makes your finger look fixed, but unless you get a Tetanus shot, the problem is not solved. Stop the Rot is your Tetanus shot.
We take out the entire affected area and rebuild an exact replica! There can be no chance of the wood rot reappearing with every last microorganism in our bin. Our technicians are trained in joinery and joiners build new timber windows and doors. We will be using our skills to rebuild your affected frames ‘in situ’.
Wood rot is a term for decay in the wood where fungi and other microorganisms attack the cellulose (the chemical composition of plant-based materials). It takes place when moisture seeps through the wood, softening it, causing the cellulose to break down…essentially decomposing and turning your windows into mulch.
Cheapest way to repair wood rot on window frames
Prevent wood rot on window frames
Prevention is the best remedy, so to stop you needing our services – here are some things you can do:
- Properly ventilating your windows by opening them regularly (especially after significant rainfall).
- Sealing any cracks or holes that could allow water inside.
- Repairing any broken windows that are subjected to moisture damage
- Paint every 5-10 years and touch up cracks annually
- Ensure damaged or missing glazing beads or putty is replaced immediately
While a DIY approach may seem like a more appealing way to repair wood rot in your window frames, it is (in the end) a waste of money. The problem won’t be solved, and you will end up spending more than if you called the professionals originally. We can repair your window frames ensuring they are in keeping with the others in your house, no matter how old the windows! We will give you tips on how to prevent it in the future and will be the most affordable, professional and reliable option.
To find out why restoring is better than replacing, head to our previous blog!