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Tips to Help Prevent Termite Damage in Wood Windows in Traverse City, MI

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There’s no question that wood windows can add warmth and help improve the visual features in your home. One problem homeowners have with wood windows is the chance for termite damage. Termites get most of their nutrition from wood, which may cause homeowners a lot of headaches 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 remove or decrease the opportunity for termites to get near your home. Here are a few ideas from Pella Windows and Doors on how you can help reduce the probability 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 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 search for water and moisture, so it’s critical to ensure your home, including small crawl spaces, are correctly ventilated and allow air to flow.
  • Clean Out Gutters – Full 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 build their colonies in the ground, making your home’s foundation their best chance to get in the home.
  • Protect Your Wood – Pella Traverse City 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 inspect your home for any current 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 avert any damage, visit the Traverse City showroom or set up an appointment online  to have one of our experts offer a free in-home consultation. You can call Pella Windows and Doors at 231-538-2175 to get started and make wood windows a reality in your home.