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Those old wooden windows you have in your home may still serve the purpose of allowing you a view outdoors, but when you try to push one open to let some fresh air in, it is like fighting a losing battle. Old wooden windows are notorious for being hard to wrestle up and down once they reach a certain point of age. While replacement windows may be at the top of your home improvement to-do list, you may need to deal with the old outdated windows for a stretch of time until you get room in your budget. Here are a few simple hacks to keep in mind which may help you deal with your sticking wooden windows.
Rub soap along the moving wooden parts
In some cases, wooden windows stick simply because the windows frames have swollen enough that it makes it difficult for the wood to have any wiggle room when you try to open or close them. If your window will raise slightly, but gets to a point where it seems to be catching against the outer frame, try rubbing a bar of soap on the inner panels that meet the edge of the sash. The soap can provide just enough lubrication to allow movement.
Install storm windows where you can
Wooden windows which are constantly exposed to the sunlight, rain, and cold from the outside of the house will be more likely to swell and contract with weather changes. It is not at all uncommon for these changes in the texture of the wood to make opening and closing practically impossible. You may be able to prevent some of this change in structure just by installing a layer of protection over the outside of the window in the form of a storm window.
Use a heavy-grit file to trim off a bit of the edges of the sash
If the old wooden windows you have are coated in several layers of paint, or if they are in their natural state but splintered and frayed around the edges, this can easily prevent the sash from sliding up or down as it was once intended to do. If you can remove the lower sash without causing damage, pull it out and use a good heavy-grit file to shave away just a fraction of the outer edges. This slight change in width may be just enough to get your wooden window moving like it once did.
For more information, contact companies like Southland Exteriors LLC.