Does Exterior Putty Around Windows Rot?


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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you fix rotten wood around a window?

To replace rotted wood around a window fill any small chips or gaps in the wood with epoxy wood filler. Sand and paint and you're done. However, for bigger problems, you'll need to remove the sashes and frames and cut out and replace any large rotted pieces of wood.

What causes dry rot around windows?

Dry rot is a kind of wood rot caused by a fungus that thrives on damp wood, and may grow on the inside or external surfaces of your window frame. The dry rot fungus is spawned by spores that infest the wood and deteriorate it over time.

Can rotting windows be repaired?

A: Yes, you can use epoxy to repair a rotted sill of an old window, and that can actually be better than replacing the window. The great thing about using epoxy on a window is that you end up with something stronger than wood.

Why does the wood around my window rot?

The wood trim around windows is designed to add to the attractiveness of the home. When it rots, the appearance and value of the home suffers. The window trim visible on the house is actually molding that covers up the wood framing underneath. Small cracks and holes allow water to soak into the wood where it immediately begins to breed rot.

How can I tell if my window sill is rotting?

Another reliable way to check if your window frame is rotting is to inspect the frame by pressing your fingers around the entire frame to see if there is a spongy feel to the wood. If so, you’ve got rot. Your window sill is very susceptible to rot because, if there is a leak, water can collect on it and cause wood to rot.

What to do if you cut too close to window putty?

Putty is applied, allowed to cure and then the excess is cut cleanly away from the window with a sharp utility knife. If it is cut too close or pulled loose from the frame or window, it will have to be re-caulked. Window putty stays flexible for a long time. It can simply be pushed back into place if a mistake is made.

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