A cottage with large wooden windows

Your seasonal home is your haven and retreat.

Your seasonal home is your retreat. You think about it throughout the winter months, visiting occasionally to clear the snow from the deck. Once spring rolls around, you pack up and prepare to open it up. You dust and open every window and door to rid the stuffy energy. But when you’re so looking forward to the warm breeze off the lake, do you notice how difficult it is to open the old wooden window? Do you notice the condensation between the double pane? Our summer homes don’t often get the renovation treatments they need. Here are four warning signs you can pay close attention to this spring as you drive out to your retreat for the first time.

You feel drafts 

The first major sign in needing window replacements is feeling a draft in your cabin. When all doors and windows are closed, but you’re still grabbing a sweater, it’s a good idea to take a closer look at your windows. Drafts are caused by a number of different factors, including rotting wood, dried putty, cracks in windowpanes and windows not closing properly.

Difficulty opening and closing your windows 

Do you have numerous wood blocks sitting on your cabin windowsills to keep them propped open? The reason they aren’t staying up could be years of rotted wood or tired hardware.

Condensation inside the glass

It’s a calm night, yet you’re having trouble seeing the lake from your bay window. It’s not dirty, it’s not raining, it’s condensation. Condensation forms when warm, moist air comes in contact with cool air. If your windowpanes and seals are broken, moisture enters the space between panes of glass producing fog. Newer, energy-efficient windows are built to last in different climates. They keep out the cool air and protect your home.

A rotten window sill.

Wood rot is a sure sign it is time to replace a window.

Rotting wood, flaking paint

As your windows get older, they’ll start to show signs of age. Sometimes, wear and tear is fine, but if you begin to notice rotting wood or warping, it’s time to replace. JELD-WEN offers a wide assortment of wood window styles, made with AuraLast pine wood. AuraLast is specially treated to resist wood rot, so you can keep the rustic cottage look while enjoying low-maintenance wood windows. At JELD-WEN, we specialize in replacing time-worn windows with brand new energy-efficient models. Our numerous configuration options, including wood windows, custom sizing and classic styles like Double-Hung, allow you to keep the rustic cabin charm, while keeping warm and dry.

To view our selection of wood windows, head to http://en.jeld-wen.ca/