Essential Tips for Wooden Window Maintenance

Ventrolla is known in the UK for our stunning collection of handcrafted, heritage timber windows. Our timber windows combine sleek and slimline double glazing, conservation friendly secondary glazing, or single glazing that’s suitable for the most restricted locations. With our expertise, you can eliminate draughty, noisy or damaged windows and take control of your window’s upkeep, ensuring a long-lasting performance.

Why is wooden window maintenance important?

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Windows are an essential part of your home, maximising natural light flowing into your property and beautifully illuminating your living spaces. Additionally, they provide ventilation to improve air flow, and seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor spaces. However, over time even the strongest windows require maintenance and repair to ensure they can perform to their highest functionality and maintain their stunning visual appeal.

Regular upkeep not only preserves the authentic charm of timber windows, but also prevents potential issues such as rotting, warping or decay that can arise due to exposure to the elements. By addressing minor concerns promptly through cleaning, draught proofing, repairing and repainting, you can safeguard your property against drafts and moisture ingress, making them more energy efficient. Consistent care also extends the lifespan of timber windows, reducing the need for replacements later down the line and improving the sustainability of your home. By properly maintaining your timber windows, you can create a comfortable and beautiful environment in your home for years to come.

What are some top wooden window maintenance tips?

Here are some essential tips to help you care for your wooden windows and ensure long lasting performance.

Regular cleaning

In order to keep your wooden windows looking beautiful, make sure to clean them regularly using a mixture of mild soap and water to remove dirt, dust and grime. Gently scrub the frames, sills and glass using a soft cloth or sponge and avoid abrasive cleaners that could damage the wood or finish.

Inspect for damage

Conduct routine inspections for signs of rot, decay, or water damage on the window frames. Additionally, you should check for cracks, gaps, or peeling paint that might expose the wood to moisture. Promptly address any identified issues to prevent them from worsening.

Repainting or staining

You should repaint or re-stain your wooden windows every 3-5 years to protect them from the elements. Prior to repainting, ensure the surface is clean and smooth by sanding and priming if necessary. Lastly, make sure to choose paint or stain that is specifically formulated for exterior wood.

Sealing and Caulking

Regularly inspect the sealant/caulking and weather stripping around the window frame, replacing damaged or deteriorated sealant/caulking to prevent drafts and water leaks.

Hardware maintenance

Lubricate hinges, locks, and handles with a silicone-based lubricant to keep them functioning smoothly and tighten any loose screws or hardware to maintain effortless operation. You should also clean your timber window mechanisms to prevent stiffness or rusting.


Open your timber windows periodically to allow fresh air circulation and reduce indoor moisture levels. Remember, proper ventilation helps prevent condensation that can lead to wood rot and mould growth. Improving the air quality in your home is good for your health.

Water management

Divert rainwater away from the frame and regularly clean gutters and downspouts to prevent overflow onto the windows.

Preventative measures

Avoid placing foliage such as plotted plants, or other objects that could easily trap moisture, against the windows. Trapped moisture can lead to a build-up of water, which can increase the likelihood of possible damage to the wooden frames.

Transform your home with new timber windows from Ventrolla

Now you are equipped with all the essential tips for maintaining the elegance and performance of your wooden windows, if new windows are required why not explore our remarkable selection of wooden windows available at Ventrolla? Breathe new life into your property by selecting from our stunning range of exquisite timber windows.

Whether you prefer sash windows or casement windows, we’ve got a timber window design that can perfectly complement your property. Featuring highly insulative properties whilst elevating your home’s visual appeal, our timber windows are an ideal addition for your home.

Our timber windows are expertly crafted with premium timbers, glazing and hardware, custom fit to your property with care. Choose from an outstanding selection of bespoke Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian designs, and transform your home with Ventrolla.

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Start designing your dream home improvement solution with Ventrolla

With over four decades of experience, Ventrolla offers a tailored range of period window solutions including repair and renovation, new timber windows and doors, secondary glazing options and a wide range of window hardware to suit.

For more information about our stunning collection of timber windows, call us on 08000 277 454 or contact us here, and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help answer any queries you may have.