Staining Storm Window Frames
Keeping your storm windows in top shape allows you to get the most out of your investment. Most sets of storm windows do not require much maintenance with the help of energy efficient window glazing products. However, they do take a considerable amount of abuse over the years. They endure dry, hot seasons and cold, wet seasons. This can add up to eventually having to do more than just rinse the glass with warm soapy water once in a while to keep them clean.
Caring for Storm Windows
Over time you may notice that your storm window frames develop nicks or dings. Perhaps the original stain is just not what it used to be. Staining does not have much to do with the performance of your windows, but without it storm window frames are allowed to be exposed more to moisture and heat which can significantly impact their ability to provide maximum insulation. This is one reason applying a new stain to them can prolong their life and their performance.
Also, staining the window frames is a relatively inexpensive way to improve the appearance not just to the windows but to the entire house. If you feel like adding a different tone or look to the exterior of your home, applying a slightly darker or lighter stain while performing a step that prolongs the window life can also give the home an instant face lift. However, do not make the mistake of applying any stain incorrectly as that can create more of a problem.
Your frames may have previously been painted and you would like to replace flaked or peeling paint by staining the windows. In this instance, you would need to complete a few extra steps in order to do this. First, you would need to scrape any loose paint off each frame. Then, you would have to sand the frame before applying the chosen stain.
If any frames are so damaged from moisture that some of the frames need repairing, you would need to attend to this step before staining them. This would entail obtaining the right wood material and having it cut to the right size to make the repair. These steps require that you obtain the correct tools before tackling the job such as sandpaper, face masks, drop cloths and paint thinner.
For straightforward staining jobs, the choice for a stain is largely up to you. However, when shopping for stains be certain to purchase those that are designed for outdoor use or window trims only. Make certain that the type of stain purchased is enough to handle covering all the window frames. Some stains are all-in-one products that require a single application in order to both stain and finish each frame.
Other stains require that you purchase a separate finish. The choice is yours, but before making a decision you will want to weigh the cost of the products. Sometimes stains which include the finish in their formula cost more, but are easier to apply. However, they may not be as long lasting as stains that need a separate finish product to be applied afterwards. Besides this, these two steps take longer to apply since there is a need to let the stain dry prior to applying the finish.
Applying the Stain
Take the storm windows off and lay them on a flat surface to work on them. Be careful to place a drop cloth or plastic beneath you so as to avoid staining the area you are working. This applies whether you are doing this indoors or outdoors. You may find staining storm window frames a job best done outside due to the fumes from the stain.
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