There’s no question that wood
windows can add warmth and help enhance the visual features in your home. One problem homeowners have with wood windows is the potential for termite damage. Termites get a lot of their food from wood, which could cause homeowners a lot of headaches 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 remove or
decrease the opportunity for termites to get in the immediate area of your home. Here are a few suggestions from McComb Window & Door on how you can help decrease the possibility of termite infestation.
- Keep Brush Away From Your House – Try to keep the ground
area around your house free of any brush or decaying wood.
Termites will use this as a path 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 seek out water and moisture, so it’s important
to make certain your home, including small crawl spaces, are
appropriately ventilated and permit
air to flow.
- Clean Out Gutters – Stuffed gutters
create pools of water that are also attractive 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. Most termites develop
their colonies in the ground, making your home’s foundation their
ideal chance to enter the home.
- Protect Your Wood – Pella Lafayette has
EnduraGuard® wood protection which offers innovative
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 present 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 Lafayette showroom or set up an appointment online to have one of our pros give you a free in-home consultation. You can call McComb Window & Door at 317-983-5804 to get started and make wood windows a reality in your home.