There’s no question that wood
windows can add warmth and help increase the visual features in your home. One concern homeowners have with wood windows is the possibility for termite damage. Termites get most of their food from wood, which may cause homeowners a lot of problems when it comes to structural damage.
So what can you do to help prevent termite damage?
The best way to help prevent termite damage is to eliminate or
decrease the opportunity for termites to get in the immediate area of your home. Here are a few suggestions from Pella Windows and Doors on how you can help reduce the probability 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 path to get to the house.
Especially 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 important
to make sure your home, including small crawl spaces, are
appropriately ventilated and encourage
air to flow.
- Clean Out Gutters – Clogged gutters
create pools of water that are also appealing to
termites, and conveniently for the termites— are close to 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 build
their colonies in the ground, making your home’s foundation their
greatest chance to get in the home.
- Protect Your Wood – Pella Cape Cod 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 check out your home for any current 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 Cape Cod showroom or set up an appointment online to have one of our experts provide a free in-home consultation. You can call Pella Windows and Doors at 508-638-5897 to get started and make wood windows a reality in your home.