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help! Soft squishy wooden window frame, is it rotten? and what can you do?

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Gemzooks Tue 14-Oct-08 11:02:57

We recently moved in..

Noticed that wood of window frame is discoloured (white paint is dark grey) and when you press it, it feels soft and spongy.

Is this rot, and what can you do? Do you have to replace the whole window?

any tips much appreciated, I have no idea...

AMumInScotland Tue 14-Oct-08 11:15:07

That sounds like rot - it depends how much of the frame has rotted, but you might be able to get someon to just cut ut the bad part and replace it.

twentynine Tue 14-Oct-08 11:17:13

Depends how extensive it is, if it's squashy in the middle but not at the edges you can use wood filler, scrape out the rotten bits and then use wood filler, then repaint it. DON'T cut out the bad part yourselves, well unless you are good at reglazing.

Also, if you have rot in your frames, it's worth checking the putty which is holding the glass in for holes that will let moisture in and trap it in the wood. Reputtying your windows is a dull but satisfying job which makes a difference to the integrity of the frames.

sustainablysourcedwhitefish Tue 14-Oct-08 11:19:50

You will need to paint the area, once you have scraped it out, with a special treatment or it will just gallop through it.

I would call a professional unless v handy.

twentynine Tue 14-Oct-08 11:23:28

I got some really good stuff which has anti rot in the wood filler - if you are doing it yourself - find an independent DIY store if you can, they will be able to advise you properly.

Sycamoretree Tue 14-Oct-08 11:37:59

Ooh, my DH would know what to say to this! He has been systematically restoring all the wooden windows in our 1930's semi. All had various degrees of rot, and we could in no way afford to replace.

I don't know what he used, but the process involved digging out of all of the rotted wood, sanding down, filling with some kind of wood filler (assume your local DIY will know which one is good for outdoors), drying, sanding again, painting with some kind of primer, then undercoat, then gloss.

It's a bit of a process, so you probably need to move fast to catch the last available days of sunshine. My DH has been working on our windows over two summers. He's still not finished...poor sod grin

mrspink27 Tue 14-Oct-08 11:48:12

We just have glossing left to do... tis a long laborious job!

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