There’s no question that wood
windows can add warmth and help enhance the visual aesthetics in your home. One issue homeowners have with wood windows is the chance for termite damage. Termites get a lot of their nourishment from wood, which can cause homeowners a lot of headaches when it comes to structural damage.
So what can you do to help avert termite damage?
The best way to help prevent termite damage is to get rid of or
decrease the opportunity for termites to get in the immediate area of your home. Here are a few ideas from Pella Windows and Doors on how you can help decrease the chance of termite infestation.
- Keep Brush Away From Your House – Try to keep the ground
area around your house free of any brush or rotten wood.
Termites will use this as a pathway to get to the house.
Particularly for windows on the lower level, keep
leaves, dirt and other brush away from the foundation and house.
- Properly Vent Your Home – Termites also look for water and moisture, so it’s crucial
to ensure your home, including small crawl spaces, are
correctly ventilated and encourage
air to flow.
- Clean Out Gutters – Stuffed gutters
create pools of water that are also appealing to
termites, and conveniently for the termites— are nearby the
home. Make sure you don’t have standing water or leaves and sticks
in your gutters.
- Fix Foundation Cracks – Seal up or fill any cracks in the
foundation of your home. A lot of termites build
their colonies in the ground, making your home’s foundation their
best chance to enter the home.
- Protect Your Wood – Pella Westerly has
EnduraGuard® wood protection which offers great
protection against the effects of moisture, decay, stains from mold and mildew
– as well as termite damage.
- Call a Professional – Pest control firms can inspect your home for any existing termite
infestations or damage, and install the right protection system for your home.
If you want more information on wood windows and what steps you should take to help avoid any damage, visit the Westerly showroom or set up an appointment online to have one of our pros give you a free in-home consultation. You can call Pella Windows and Doors at 401-315-7032 to get started and make wood windows a reality in your home.