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Tips to Help Prevent Termite Damage in Wood Windows in Northern Virginia, VA

Tips to Help Prevent Termite Damage in Wood Windows in Northern Virginia, VA

There’s no question that wood windows can add warmth and help enhance the visual aesthetics in your home. One issue homeowners have with wood windows is the potential for termite damage. Termites get the majority of their food from wood, which can cause homeowners a lot of issues 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 get rid of or decrease the opportunity for termites to get close to your home. Here are a few ideas from Pella Windows and Doors on how you can help lessen 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 critical to make certain your home, including small crawl spaces, are appropriately ventilated and allow 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 create their colonies in the ground, making your home’s foundation their best chance to get in the home.
  • Protect Your Wood – Pella Northern Virginia 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 check out 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 avoid any damage, visit the Northern Virginia showroom or set up an appointment online  to have one of our pros offer a free in-home consultation. You can call Pella Windows and Doors at 571-292-3519 to get started and make wood windows a reality in your home.

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