Repairing, Restoring and Repurposing Old Decking: Tips. Ideas and Facts
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Repairing, Restoring and Repurposing Old Decking: Tips. Ideas and Facts

A deck is a beautiful outdoor asset to your home, and the right deck can make your living space seem larger. Hi, my name is Jackie, and I am a lover of all things related to the home. I enjoy decorating, repairing, restoring, and reading about ideas and even cleaning. Thanks to the success of our family business, I am able to work from home, and as I spend so much time here, I want it to look beautiful. If you want to have a beautiful home, I want to help you as well. In this blog, I am going to focus on decks in particular. I want to talk about repairing them, restoring them and reusing their old wood in new projects. If you want ideas or inspiration, I invite you to stay, take a look and enjoy these posts.

Repairing, Restoring and Repurposing Old Decking: Tips. Ideas and Facts

Common Mistakes Homeowners Make When Repairing Their Own Wood Windows

Esperanza Arias

Wood windows can make a home look cozy and traditional and soften the look of aluminum siding. One drawback to wood windows is that they may need repair more often than aluminum or PVC materials. While you may be tempted to make your own repairs when wood windows get chipped or cracked or otherwise need some attention, you want to ensure you do the job right. Note a few common mistakes made by many homeowners who repair their own wood windows so you can avoid these mistakes yourself.

1. Painting over seals

The seals on windows need to stay in place in order to provide a tight fit. When you paint over them, the paint will dry and cause the seals to crack and even pull away from the windows. In turn, you may get more drafts in through the window frames and will need to replace the seals over time. Be sure you paint around the seals when you repaint your repaired wood windows.

2. Not sanding properly

Repairing any wood piece means sanding it down properly so that new paint adheres, but often homeowners will overlook this step because they assume the paint won't show as much on windows. Be sure you remove all the paint from your old windows and use a medium grit sandpaper before applying new paint so that it has a rougher surface on which to adhere. This will ensure the paint doesn't start to chip and bubble or simply peel away from the surface.

3. Using poor quality wood for replacement parts

Poor quality wood may be more likely to warp and bend when exposed to moisture, or it may not be strong enough to withstand the rigors of having a window opened and closed repeatedly. The wood used for windows is typically very thick and solid on the inside so that you can use the windows every day without the wood bending or chipping. If you must replace a part of your home's wood windows, choose a high-quality wood that is made for window frames in particular so it won't bend or chip or pull away from the rest of the frame.

4. Not using wood filler

Not all putties are the same, so when you need to fill in a crack or hole that's formed in a wooden window frame, be sure you use a wood filler. These are meant to adhere to the surface of wood in particular without pulling away. Using caulk or another type of putty can mean having your patch become solid and pull away from the wood so that it looks very unsightly and also allows moisture to collect into the nearby wood material.

For more information, contact a local window company that specializes in timber sash window repairs