painting your windows

Awning windows, picture windows, double-hung windows, casement windows, and so on and so forth, are among the various types of windows. Different windows have different purpose and aesthetic value. For example, double-hung windows would be a perfect match for a small, snug cottage, giving it a warm and cozy feel but it wouldn’t have the same charm in a high-end, professional building. The color of a window is another factor that helps with the aesthetic value of the building and your exterior.  Here is a guide to painting your windows to ensure nothing is overlooked.

Know Your Windows

If you decide to paint your window, make sure you know your window parts: the window sash and the window casing. The casing is the frame that holds up the sash while the sash is the part which moves up and down (for typical double hung windows). The sash is a movable panel which frames the glass of the window and can move accordingly to it’s built. You need to know the type of window you have because there are different painting techniques that apply to different types of windows.

Single Color VS. Multi-Color

An advantage of choosing two different colors for your window is that it highlights and gives your home’s exterior some definition. If you decide to paint your window with two different colors, ensure that the casing is one color and the sash lighter. This way, the casing will appear stronger as it has a larger surface area. A common mistake is painting the face of the casing one color, and the inside a darker color. Make sure you avoid this as it makes the sash look heavier and larger than it actually is.

Specific Tips

Painting Sash Windows

The finishing touches are often what make or break your paint job and the same applies to windows. While painting your windows, paint in the following order starting with the the meeting rail, the vertical bars, the bottom of the frame, bottom horizontal rail of the inner window, top horizontal of the inner window, top horizontal of the bottom window, upper side of the frame and then finally the frame. After doing so, reverse the sashes and paint the rest of the spaces you couldn’t reach the first time.

Painting Casing Windows

If you have casing windows then the most obvious and important step is to make sure your windows are open when you paint them. With casing windows, first paint the horizontal bars and then move on to the vertical ones. Follow through with the top and bottom rails, then the hanging stile (vertical to hinges) and the meeting stile (other vertical with the handle). The window frame should be the final area of focus with casing windows.

Final Tips

Your windows are a part of your house exterior so it is important to consider a window trim color that complements the rest of your exterior. In addition simple measures, like the following, can go a long way while painting your windows:

  • Check the weather forecast, choose a sunny day and start painting your windows early in the day so that they have enough time to dry. Particularly if it is a window you like to close at night.
  • Use masking tape or a masking shield to make sure your paint job has a professional finish. Plus, the window’s glass will be protected from dripping paint.

A wonderfully painted window can accentuate the aesthetic appeal of your house exterior. Figuring out how to paint windows might not be as simple as you may think. Keep these tips in mind and paint your windows like a pro or consider seeking professional assistance!