Evaluating Your Windows And Doors After Winter

| 15 April 2015
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Windows And Doors Evaluation Tips

After a long winter where the elements spent several months beating up on your home’s exterior, your windows and doors may be in jeopardy. There’s no better time for an evaluation once the snow melts and the temperature rises. When evaluating your windows and doors after the winter, there are many factors to explore. The lists below will help you understand what you should be looking out for. In some cases, you may need a new window or door altogether, in other scenarios you will only have to perform light touchups. What to Look for in your Windows:
  • Excessive moisture between your window panes that you cannot wipe away.
  • Cracks or holes in your window’s glass. These need to be dealt with in a timely manner. Just like with a crack in your car’s windshield, cracks in house windows can expand in extreme temperature changes.
  • Leaks around the windowsill. This could lead to rot in wooden frames.
  • Stains on your windows that do not come off with cleaners.
  • Is the furniture in your window’s direct line of sight fading? This goes for artwork, drapes and carpets as well. Upgrading to more energy efficient windows may help control the UV rays that get in to your home and damage your furniture. This occurs often with older windows because they may have been installed before energy efficiency was an important part of the home.
  • Do you feel a draft coming in even when your windows are closed? If you notice air being expelled from your windows without you having to open them, it’s time to get them replaced.
What to Look for in your Doors:
  • Does your door close properly? Do you have to struggle with the handle or does your key get stuck? You can replace the lock or the handle; however, if the door itself has trouble shutting, then you may need a new one.
  • Look at your doorframe and see if it appears warped. Water and moisture can deform the wood around the frame, leading it to hinder the door’s function. It can also let air in increasing your heating and cooling costs.
  • If your weatherstripping has become torn or has worn away, you should replace it. This can happen after a long and wet winter.
  • Look for peeling paint. Should you find any, you do not have to replace your door, but re-painting it before the summer sun crawls in is a good idea. Spring temperatures are ideal for letting paint dry.
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