If you haven’t done so already, now is the perfect time to winterize your home and prepare for the snow and below freezing temperatures that are sure to come. By checking windows and doors and weatherproofing them for the cold season, you can help to ensure that your home is kept a comfortable temperature, and your energy usage doesn’t skyrocket. Checking windows and doors and getting them reading for winter can also help to maintain their integrity and improve their longevity over time. Here are a few essential maintenance tips for your windows and doors–
The first thing that you should do is to perform a visual check of all of the windows and doors on your property. Check for any visible signs of damage, like cracks. You should also place your hand at the end of each window and door, and slowly trace your hand over the edges to feel for drafts. Make sure you take note of which windows and doors – and which areas of the window and door – are drafty so you can remedy it.
All of your windows and doors should be weatherproofed, but pay special attention to the ones that you noticed were drafty. You can weatherproof your doors using a weather-resistant paint, by installing a vinyl or rubber weather stripping, and by the use of a door sweep. Depending upon the age of your windows, you may even need to consider putting up a film over the windows to protect your home from drafts on the coldest of day.
Finally, sometimes little weatherproof tricks aren’t enough to keep cold air out, especially if window and doors are actually damaged. If your weather stripping or door sweep isn’t working, or if there is visible damage to your windows or doors, be sure to invest in window maintenance, door maintenance, or full on repairs or replacement. Repairing or replacing dated or broken windows and doors can really help you to save on energy costs and stay more comfortable when temperatures are extreme.
Do not wait until temperatures are unbearably cold and snow and ice levels are high to invest in window and door maintenance and repairs. To talk to one of our service professionals and request a free quote, contact Preferred Window & Door today online or by phone at 708-895-3667. We will answer all of your questions and help you put in place the best plan of action moving forward!
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