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5 Maintenance Tips For Your Windows Before The Winter Season

by Jill Jenkins

Before the winter season arrives, it's important to inspect many areas of your home to ensure that your home will stay well insulated and free from damages that can be created by heavy winds and snow. One area to inspect are the windows of your home. Here are five maintenance tips to consider for the windows before the winter season arrives:

  1. Clean the Windows: The first thing you want to do is clean the windows. Over time, a great deal of dirt and debris will gather on the window sills. What you may not realize is that all this dirt and debris can cause gaps in the window that is going to significantly reduce the insulation in your home. It's best to clear this all away to avoid this and to ensure that your windows continue to perform at their best. 
  2. Check the Weather Stripping: The weather stripping on your windows may need to be replaced if you notice significant wear and tear, which happens quickly over time. There are two reasons for this. The weather stripping helps to keep your home insulated by not allowing air to come in through the seals of the window. The weather stripping also keeps moisture out of the home, which is important for keeping homes free from potential mold and mildew growth that damages windows and the interior of the home. 
  3. Reseal the Windows: The sealant on the windows may become weathered over time, as well. It's important to reseal the windows before the winter season to help ensure that the areas of the window that need to be sealed will continue to block air leaks. 
  4. Repair Damages: While doing the above maintenance tips, you may notice some damage to your windows, such as a cracked frame or rotted wood. If this is the case, it's important to hire professionals to make window repairs to the windows before the winter season arrives. This way, your windows continue to perform at their best and you don't have to worry about these damages becoming significantly worse when exposed to harsher weather conditions. 
  5. Consider Replacing the Windows: Finally, if you've had your current windows for years and there is a significant amount of damage, you may consider replacing. You can replace the windows with windows that have a better energy efficiency level, which is important for insulation during the winter. 

When you consider these five maintenance tips for your windows before winter arrives, you can be sure that your home is as well prepared for the harsh conditions as possible.