Winter Window Maintenance
Winter Window Maintenance
Windows and doors are always important for a number of reasons: security, temperature control, and energy efficiency. This importance arguably increases, however, during the coldest months of the year. Sure, from a security perspective there isn’t a lot of difference, but you’ll notice those -5 degree days a lot more than you would a 30 degree one, simply because you’ll be more likely to be inside!
With that in mind, we’ve put together our guide to winter window maintenance. Follow these simple steps to ensure that your windows are properly prepared for the arrival of winter:
Any small cracks or damage to the window’s surrounding surfaces should be repaired immediately. Even the slightest crack could let loose a draft cold enough to chill even the most homely of living rooms, so it’s important for your own comfort that you address any of these issues.
In some instances, replacing elements of (or even the entire window) might be necessary. If they’re extremely old and are simply not able to provide the level of protection required, it will be worth upgrading them to something more suitable. More often, though, you’ll just need to replace parts of the window such as the weather stripping. A smaller job, but one that’s extremely significant and could make a huge difference.
While this kind of work can sometimes be costly, it’s worth it in the long run. Winter in this country is officially only here for three months, but with the way climate change is affecting the world around us, there’s no telling how long we’ll be subjected to colder weather for at any one time.
If you’ve carried out a thorough examination of your windows and neither of the above points really apply, then a simple clean might be enough. Simple it may be, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Allowing dirt and debris to build up around your windows is very dangerous, as it have a much greater effect than you might think. If they’re caught in the mechanics of the window, it may restrict the sealing process and result in draughts. It is important, therefore, that your fixtures are clear of any general clutter.
If you haven’t already, then investing in more energy-efficient windows is a great way to save money during the festive season. Not only is Christmas guaranteed to dent your bank balance, but the colder weather normally necessitates more money spent on heating the house. In this instance, you don’t want to be wanting that money on energy that’s escaped through inefficient fixtures. Again, it comes at a cost but it will help you out in the long term.
If any of the above applies to you and you’re wondering how to go about resolving one of these issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We supply new windows and doors, but also offer repairs and impartial advice.