There’s no question that wood
windows can add warmth and help improve the visual features in your home. One concern homeowners have with wood windows is the potential for termite damage. Termites get most of their nourishment from wood, which may 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 remove or
decrease the opportunity for termites to get close to your home. Here are a few tips from Pella Windows and Doors on how you can help reduce 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 make sure your home, including small crawl spaces, are
appropriately ventilated and permit
air to flow.
- Clean Out Gutters – Full gutters
create pools of water that are also intriguing 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. Many termites develop
their colonies in the ground, making your home’s foundation their
best chance to get in to the home.
- Protect Your Wood – Pella South Portland 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 look
at 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 prevent any damage, visit the South Portland showroom or set up an appointment online to have one of our specialists provide a free in-home consultation. You can call Pella Windows and Doors at 207-253-1856 to get started and make wood windows a reality in your home.