It’s the middle of winter, which means the cold weather has been freezing our houses for a while. In addition to all of the other maintenance you’ve probably done on your home to get ready for the season, it is essential that you put forth the same amount of care to your windows, too. Taking the time to spot (and properly fix) small issues today will save you a world of trouble as time goes on.
Luckily, there are a lot of issues that you can identify and fix completely on your own - you just have to keep a few key things in mind.
Winter Window Considerations
No winter weather maintenance situation is complete without a thorough examination of all of the windows in your home. Start by examining the wood frames around the windows themselves for signs of rot or decay. Keep in mind that if you see these small issues now, they're only going to get bigger (and more expensive to fix) as the season marches on. Repair any problematic framing while you have the chance - not just to preserve the functionality of your windows, but to maintain structural integrity as well.
At the same time, you'll also want to check all of the weatherstripping around your windows and door frames to check for signs of leaks. Remember that just because you don't feel a draft doesn't mean that your weatherstripping is up to the task ahead. Make any replacements while you can to avoid significant heat loss when those cold temperatures arrive.
Speaking of drafts, close all the doors in a room and see what the temperature tells you about the health and integrity of your windows. If you do feel a draft, caulk both inside and out of your affected windows to both keep heat from escaping and to keep chilly air from getting inside.
Another factor that you'll want to take a look at has to do with the glazing on your existing windows. Many older windows have their glass actually held firmly into place with something called glazing putty, which can naturally crack and break over time. Press your hand gently against your windows and apply a small amount of pressure - if it feels loose or it wiggles within the frame, you've got a problem that will only get worse as the temperature changes.
This is a problem because the type of condensation that winter weather will bring with it will only make the issue worse, all while increasing the chances of water damage at the exact same time. You'll definitely want to properly repair and seal these affected windows not just to avoid sky high heating bills this winter, but to help the windows themselves maintain a long and useful life.
The Elegant Shutters Approach
Window winter maintenance can be somewhat difficult, yes - but this is one road that you do not have to travel alone. If you've got any additional questions about how to make sure that your windows are ready for whatever Mother Nature will throw at them this winter, or if you just want to discuss your own needs with someone in a little more detail, please don't delay - contact Elegant Shutters today.