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Tips to Help Prevent Termite Damage in Wood Windows in Providence, Massachusetts

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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 chance for termite damage. Termites get the majority of their nourishment 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 ideas from Pella Windows and Doors on how you can help lessen 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 rotting wood. Termites will use this as a pathway to get to the house. Especially for windows on the lower level, keep leaves, dirt and other brush away from the foundation and house.
  • Properly Vent Your Home – Termites also search for water and moisture, so it’s critical to make sure your home, including small crawl spaces, are properly 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 greatest chance to get in to the home.
  • Protect Your Wood – Pella Providence has EnduraGuard® wood protection which offers great protection against the effects of moisture, decay, stains from mold and mildew – as well as termite damage.
  • Call a Professional – Pest control firms can inspect your home for any existing 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 Providence showroom or set up an appointment online  to have one of our specialists give you a free in-home consultation. You can call Pella Windows and Doors at 508-413-3004 to get started and make wood windows a reality in your home.