It’s October, which means Midwestern winter weather is not far off. The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping, and we are running out of time before we experience our first snowfall. That means it’s time for fall home maintenance, starting with your windows.
Windows are important to maintain. That’s because they can potentially be one of the top energy wasters in your home. But there’s still time to make things right before the winter weather sets in. Follow these window maintenance tips to get your home ready for the cold and snowy days ahead.
Clean them Up
Now is your last chance to clean your windows (inside and out) as well as their screens before the weather makes it impossible to do so. This also allows you to inspect the windows more closely for any underlying issues that may need to the worked out before the winter.
Add or Replace Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping is a great way to add some extra insulation to windows, especially if they are older. Weatherstripping seals can be placed around the window to create a seal. You can also add extra insulation to the glass of your windows using clear adhesive films. Keep in mind that no amount of weatherstripping will beat replacing old windows that have long outlived their usefulness in terms of insulation.
Look for Common Window Issues
While you are inspecting your windows, keep an eye out for these common signs you need to replace or repair your windows:
- Excessive condensation trapped between the panes of glass
- Peeling, chipping, or cracking around the sides of the window where it is sealed
- Old or rotten frames
- Water stains on the window frame or by the wall underneath
- Excessive noise heard from the outside
- Faint whistling sounds or drafts
Check for Proper Window Operation
Check to make sure that the windows can open and close easily and are free from squeaking, grinding, or creaking noises. Make sure the windows do not stick and can lock properly. If it is difficult to do any of these things, you should have a professional window company come to repair or replace the affected windows.
Get on the Schedule Now for Window Replacement
Windows can be replaced all throughout the winter, so long as there is not too much snow and the temperature is within an acceptable range. If you are looking to have your windows replaced, now is the time to act. Get in touch with our team at Schmidt Roofing today for a fast and free quote.