Wooden window frames offer a timeless appearance and a natural charm to any home. However, they also require ongoing maintenance and upkeep in order to keep them looking well and in good shape. These frames should be inspected on a regular basis so that problems can be fixed as soon as they arise. Here are two issues you may come across with wooden window frames and how to fix them yourself:
1. Windows Keep Jamming.
There are many causes of window jamming. It could be caused due to stormy, damp and humid weather that results in a bit of swelling of the frame. The DIY Network suggests giving candle wax a try. Rub it along the edge of the window where it is jamming. If that doesn't work, then you may need to try to take off some of the window from the jammed edge so that you can get it open. Keep in mind, you'll need to repaint it after this.
Now, if you haven't tried to open your window since you painted it last, it could be that too thick of a coat was applied or that the window is painted shut. You can use a utility knife to separate the frame from the windowsill or sash if it is a paint-related problem. Keep in mind this may take more than once to successfully break the paint bond.
When paint and swollen wood aren't the problems, then you may want to clean all parts of the window frame and sill thoroughly. Then, you should apply some sort of household lubricant, like WD-40. This may help loosen things up, so that you can get the window open.
2. Windows Losing Their Compound.
A glazing compound is used to ensure the glass panes are held in place in older wooden frames. If this compound becomes cracked or loose, there is the potential of leaks and frame rotting. To repair this, scrape the damaged compound out with a putty knife. Once all the old compound has been removed, you can apply the new compound. Apply a light bead along the edge of the glass pane and use the putty knife to push it into the glass and frame. The putty knife will help you smooth it out as well. Once the compound has dried, you will want to paint it so that the seam is sealed with the glass pane.
When these DIY repairs do not solve your window problems, it's time to call out the big guns. Contact a window expert in your area such as Sun Window & Door for professional assistance.