As the weather becomes cooler, it’s important to inspect your windows and doors before the snow actually starts to fly. While some of the activities will seem intuitive, others may easily be forgotten.

You should begin your maintenance by washing your windows, since dust and contaminants over time can etch or discolor the glass. There are also numerous benefits to having clean windows, such as reducing harmful mold, improving the curb appeal of your home and maximizing heating efficiency.

Once your windows are clean, it also makes it easier to inspect them. The first part you want to inspect is the frame. Check to see if there are any loose or damaged parts that occurred over the prior months. If there are, you need to assess whether or not you’ll have to repair or replace the frame. It’s important you take action against damaged frames because they can let insects and cool drafts into your home, which will increase your heating bill.

Another factor that can increase your heating bill is inadequate weather stripping or caulking around the windows. If there are any cracks or damage involved with the caulking it’s important to apply a new layer of it to prevent drafts. By doing so, you’ll not only lower your heating bills, but also strengthen the window structures.

The last part you’ll want to assess is the actual window. Are there any small cracks or other damage to it? If there is noticeable damage, then it may be time to replace the window — especially if you are living in an area that is prone to sleet or hail. To assist with your window replacement, you can view a selection of window designs that can be specified directly into your project plan. Once you have chosen your window, it’s essential to book a repair immediately. This way you can have your windows installed before the winter months and you’ll avoid increased heating costs.


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