Whether or not you are ready, the colder weather is arriving in Northern Virginia and there is still time to make sure your windows and doors are prepped for winter. Regularly examining your windows and doors will help ensure that your home remains and helps save on energy costs.
How can you prepare your windows and doors for winter?
- Check to see if your
windowsills and all the moving parts are clean – Dirt and debris left in windowsills or the moving parts on doors and windows can
affect the tightness and seal when closed.
- Check your weather
stripping – Weather stripping helps to reduce air
from coming back in the home when windows and doors
are closed. It can become loose or torn over time, so watch your weather stripping and reattach any loose portions or
replace sections that are damaged.
- Reapply caulk or sealant around windows and
doors – Rain, water and sunlight can damage
exterior sealants and caulk. Remove damaged material and
apply new sealant.
- Repair or replace damaged exterior
surfaces – Take a look at your exterior surface for signs of moisture leaking, which may
include cracked or deteriorated wood. Replacing the
damaged wood helps to keep cold air and moisture
from find its way into your home.
- Install storm doors – Storm
doors help to add an additional layer of
protection from air and moisture and improves energy
- Install snap-in blinds or shades
– Not only does this improve your privacy, but it also
helps to insulate the home.
- Upgrade to energy-efficient windows and
doors – If your home has
single-pane glass, clear glass, or your windows and doors are older, you may be paying more than you should to heat your home. Our
experts can share information about newer,
If you would like to learn more about preparing your windows and doors for winter, contact your local Showroom in Northern Virginia at 571-292-3519.