If you are getting ready to upgrade the windows in your home, there can be problems that need to be dealt with before doing this work. Condensation can be a serious problem during the spring months, which can be worse with wood window casings. The following wood window replacement window guide will help you deal with the condensation damage before new windows are installed.
Inspect The Window And Door Openings Inside And Outside Of Your Home For Signs Of Condensation Water Damage
When condensation causes problems with damage to wood windows, it is often visible due to the watermarks that are left behind. Some of the areas where you will want to look for this damage around windows includes:
- Moldings and trim of window casings
- Exterior finishes like siding, stucco, and masonry
These are some of the areas around your wood windows where you will want to look for damage that is caused by moisture.
Remove All The Sashes And Hardware To Start Inspecting Openings And Preparing For Repairs
The sashes of the window openings are going to need to be removed before you can install new replacement window units. You will want to remove the window sashes, as well as hardware like springs, locks, and guide-tracks. These are areas where there are often hidden problems with moisture and rot that will need to be repaired before the new replacement windows can be installed.
Remove The Interior Trim Or Drywall Around The Window Casing To Look For Water Damage
It is also important to inspect the wood structural framing around window openings. This is something that can be done by removing the interior trim. Once the trim has been removed, you can do a visual inspection between the casing and wood framing to look for signs of water damage and rot. If the opening has drywall, it can be removed to expose the wood framing, and you can talk to the replacement window service about installing trim to improve the appearance of your window openings.
Preparing The Exterior Of Your Window Openings For New Paint And Looking For Signs Of Moisture Damage
To finish the repairs and inspection of openings, you will want to prepare the trim on the exterior of openings for paint. Sand the wood moldings of the casings to ensure the new coat of paint is smooth, and look for signs of moisture damage and rot, which include:
- Soft or weak spots in casing trim
- Visible rot at the corners of the window casing
- Watermarks and oxidation of fasteners that have bled through old paint
These are some of the signs of water damage that you will want to look for on the exterior of window openings that may require repairs before the new windows are installed.
These are some of the things that you will need to do to deal with condensation damage before you have new windows installed. If you are getting ready to upgrade the windows in your home, contact a wood window replacement service for help with repairing the damage and installing the new windows in your home.