No matter when in the year, no homeowner wants their home to go awry, even in winter. There is plenty you can do to reduce the effects of the weather here in Brampton, Ontario. By being proactive and taking the necessary procedures, you can minimise damage to your windows in the future. All you need is the know-how and a little elbow grease.
Here, we’ve listed 3 simple to follow and easy to carry out steps for protecting your winter weather damaged windows:
TIP 1: Apply Weather Stripping
The following water damage threats – snow, rain, ice and condensation, are present during the winter. By applying weather stripping, you can prevent moisture from these and other sources from seeping into your windows. When water enters your windows, the following damage to window frames and structure can be seen – rot, warping, and functionality issues. If you have weather stripping already installed, do make sure to check it periodically to ensure that it remains in place and is correctly installed.
TIP 2: Caulk and re-caulk
Caulking your windows is the main line of protection against water seeping in and air drafts. Cracks can and will form in the caulk, however, and left unchecked, will result in gaps. Therefore, you should check at the beginning of winter and after that, periodically so that you can see if it needs to be reapplied. If you see huge gaps in the caulk, it might be time for a re-caulking.
TIP 3: Remove Window Screens
Your screen is one part that can easily be damaged by the winter. Stretching and ripping can even ensue, should ice and snow build up on the window page and screen. The best course of action is to completely remove screens near snow drifts and store them until spring.
Don’t Overlook Regular Maintenance By A Brampton Window Professional
Whilst not all threats against our windows can be protected against, there is plenty we can do to be proactive and minimise the odds of damage to your windows. One of the most important and neglected step is regular maintenance.
Regular maintenance allows a window professional to examine your windows to ensure that there are no vulnerabilities and they are structurally sound and equipped to take on any kind of winter weather. The older your window, the more important this sort of step becomes before your window becomes a risk factor.