Here in the Portland area, we have a lot of experience in dealing with moisture. Whether you are creating an exercise plan, scheduling a picnic or planning a vacation, you know you can't ignore the likelihood of rain. As homeowners, our home maintenance is also moisture-conscious, including gutter and roofing inspections. But when was the last time you inspected your exterior window frames?
Four Reasons Why You Need to Inspect your Window Frames
1. Window frames are an essential part of your home's overall appeal and appearance. If you want your home to look great, you need to make sure the paint on them is in good shape. Painting window frames is not too difficult, and it makes a big difference to the look of your home.
2. Window frames are a notorious leak point. If the caulking around your windows or the paint on your window frames is compromised, you could be getting water in your home, which would lead to wood rot, mold or mildew. Window caulking needs periodic checking and refreshing.
3. Window frames are often more vulnerable than siding, shingles, brick, and other exterior surfaces. The caulk and paint on your window frames will often begin to show signs of age before the rest of your exterior paint, so they need to be checked more often for failure.
4. Early detection of problems is vital. If you notice a flaw early, it can be remediated with minimal cost and effort. However, if a problem is allowed to grow, it can quickly become a significant issue, requiring wood replacement or mold abatement.
What Am I Looking For When I Inspect My Windows Frames?
Look at the caulking around your windows to see if there are any cracks or gaps. As you know, water can seep even through a hairline crack, so it's important to look closely, especially around the lower edges.
Check out the paint and see if there is any cracking, peeling or other signs of deterioration. If you see these signs, you know that paint failure and water intrusion are not far off.
Splitting or rotten wood is a clear sign that your window frames are in trouble. They may need substantial restoration or replacement before they can be painted and resume their task of keeping moisture where it belongs, outside your home.
Sundeleaf Painting has been serving the Portland area since 1930, demonstrating professionalism and craftsmanship for more than eight decades. If your exterior window frames are in need of caulking, painting, wood repair or other services, or if you need other exterior painting done, contact us for assistance. You can rest assured that your home is in good hands with Sundeleaf!