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April 11, 2017

Caring for Timber Joinery: The Ultimate How-To Guide

Timber joinery is a beautiful, functional and energy efficient way to frame your double glazed windows. If you’re thinking about using timber joinery for your new house or renovation, it’s important to be aware of the maintenance and care required to ensure ongoing functionality and aesthetic appeal.

Keep reading for the ultimate guide on how to care for your timber windows and doors.

Why Choose Timber Joinery? 

Timber joinery is a great alternative to aluminium, providing aesthetic appeal and improved thermal performance. When paired with a quality double glazed window, your timber frames will ensure your house is the perfect temperature all year round.

With a wide range of colours and finishes available, timber is a great choice for your new home or renovation. What’s more, timber windows are easier to clean and maintain than you think! With just a quick clean when required, and a coat of paint every 6-8 years, your timber windows will last for a long time. 

Finishing Your Joinery 

Natural timber will react to different weather conditions in different ways. In many cases, your builder will apply paint or a sealant to ensure the timber doesn’t warp, crack or rot. If they don’t, it’s a crucial step to making the most of your double glazed timber windows and doors.

High-quality paint or sealant will help the timber to effectively insulate your home, as well as make it easier to clean and maintain in the future. Make sure you finish all open surfaces and follow the paint manufacturer’s instructions for the best results. Your builder will be able to recommend what paint or sealant will be most effective for the type of timber used.

Regular Cleaning 

Keep your timber joinery in excellent condition by regularly cleaning the glazing and surfaces of your windows and doors. Make sure you use a non-solvent formula and a soft cloth so you don’t damage the glazing or paintwork. Good old soap and water should do the trick and get any dirt and grime off. Take care when trying to get to any hard to reach areas. 

Repainting 

We recommend you repaint your timber joinery regularly, depending on weather conditions and the quality of the timber. Aim to repaint your windows about 18 months after installation and again every 6-8 years. Start by removing any dirt with a damp cloth and apply tape around the edges to ensure the glass doesn’t get damaged. Paint slowly and evenly, being careful to reach all sides of the timber framing. Open the window to paint around the edges, but don’t paint directly on the joint where the window meets the frame - you don’t want your window getting sealed shut!

If you’re thinking about renovating or building a new home, double glazed timber windows not only look great but will save you money on energy costs in the future. These quick and simple tips are the best way to get the most out of your beautiful timber joinery.

Find out more about installing double glazed timber windows in your home. For your free quote, call Atlas Glass on 09 820 0160. We’d love to answer any question you may have on timber double glazing!

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