Reasons Why Timber Windows Must Be Treated With A Preservative And/Or A Good Quality Stain BEFORE They Are Assembled and Installed

I am always saddened when asked to replace good quality hardwood windows after only a few years – simply because they were not properly treated/stained BEFORE they were installed. So here are some pointers on what to look for if your timber windows and/or doors have not been treated with a preservative and/or stained correctly so that you can get them fixed before it becomes a problem:

1. Rot/degradation in areas that are not easily seen once the window is fitted, as can be seen in photographs 1 & 2. This means that the timber was not treated properly prior to the window being installed. The problem here is that this allows rot to progress without the home owner seeing it and therefore unaware of what is happening, until it is too late. Solution – only buy timber windows that have been properly treated with a wood preservative and/or stain BEFORE they are fitted.

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Photo 1

Photo 2

Photo 2

2. Photograph 3 shows the underneath of the cill without any protection from a stain nor is there any evidence of sand mastic or silicon sealant having been applied behind the drip, this means that there was no physical barrier to stop the water being driven underneath the cill resulting in ingress of water into areas of your house that you don’t see and more than likely resulting in degradation of the new window and worse causing dry rot within the building. Solution – check your window cills have been sealed with a good quality silicon sealant and it is installed behind the drip – this is especially important if you buy timber windows on a supply only basis and you joiner needs to cut the cills – ENSURE PRESERVATIVE IS APPLIED TO THE ENDS BEFORE IT IS INSTALLED .

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Photo 3

3. Photo 4 shows the groove/slot formed for the pivot hinge to be fitted into and again no stain has been applied before the hinges are fitted in the workshop which means the stain protection system is not complete and is not protecting the timber, resulting in a breakdown of the stain system on the surfaces and rot on all surfaces. Solution – only buy timber windows that have been properly treated with a wood preservative and/or stain all over before window locks, hinges, etc are fitted.

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Photo 4

4. Photo 5 shows a gasket fitted into a groove in a timber that has not received any stain either, which provides exposed timber that can take on water and cause degradation of the stain system on the exposed surfaces and rot on all surfaces. Solution – again only buy timber windows that have been properly treated with a wood preservative and/or stain all over before gaskets etc are fitted.

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Photo 5

It is very difficult to explain to potential clients why the same specified windows on paper can attract very different prices from different Companies. However hopefully these photographs and our explanation of what will happen if timber windows are not treated with a preservative and/or stain prior to manufacture and installation will go some way towards explaining what can cause a difference in the quoted price.

We, here at T J Ross, strive to ensure that all surfaces of our windows, doors, screens and all other external joinerwork are fully protected with the stain chosen, so our clients can sleep without worrying what is happening to the unseen parts of their windows and doors. To achieve this we actually dry fit all the ironmongery and then remove it prior to the product going through our spray shop so that all exposed surfaces are coated with the protective stain – it does cost a little bit more but it’s well worth it and gives a better sleep.

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BESPOKE WINDOWS TESTIMONIAL

This e-mail recently came into our office from one of our clients regarding bespoke windows and a door manufactured in our workshop and installed by our company:-

“If you ever want a testimonial we’d be more than happy to provide one. The windows and door look fabulous and beautifully made. The installers couldn’t have been better: polite; perfectionist with the job; keen to get everything as we wanted it; incredibly tidy and considerate of the house. Alyn was extremely helpful and courteous to deal with, as were you Adele!  I was especially impressed at how everyone was willing to scramble about and alter the original plans for the indoor finish once I’d seen how much nicer the new windows looked without a pointless little cupboard underneath them. I’m sure other companies would have either refused to alter the initial plan or would have slapped on a huge extra charge by way of penalty. It makes such a big difference to have every stage of a job run so smoothly and with such consideration. And we loved being able to come to the workshop to see how everything is made, too.

We’ve had a string of admiring neighbours passing comment on the new windows and door so we’ve been cheerily handing your name out. It is nice to find that a company’s excellent reputation is so very well deserved.  Many thanks again for everything.

Best wishes”

We, here at TJ Ross are always delighted when we get feedback about the high level of service we provide to our clients