As we settle into fall, the leaves are changing colors, the air has a light nip to it, and it’s the perfect time to do some window maintenance. After all, it’s through your windows that you get those great outdoor views of the changing seasons, and the longer you put it off, the closer we come to winter. The level of maintenance you’ll need to do depends on the shape your windows are in. Whether you need a window replacement or just a good cleaning, the sooner the better. Here’s a list of things to consider for fall window maintenance.
Some windows are well-made enough that they require little maintenance, and we forget that they need to be cleaned occasionally. At the very least, you should take a soft cloth and a window cleaner without harsh chemicals and wipe down the window glass. This is also a good time to check the frames. If you have wood frames, make sure there’s no swelling, rotting, or warping. Check for any cracks or peeling paint, in case you need to fix these problems. Cosmetic issues, you may be able to take care of yourself, while larger issues may require a window repair or window replacement.
Proper weatherstripping will help to ensure that your house is comfortable and your energy bills don’t skyrocket during the winter. Some windows have spacer systems and insulation built in. Otherwise, you can surround the window with a seal of weatherstripping used to ensure that no heat slips out and no cold sneaks in. If you have weatherstripping, now is the time to look at the shape of it. If you notice any weak points, you’ll need to strengthen it. You can also test the effectiveness of your weatherstripping by lighting a candle near the window. If the flame pulls in a particular direction, you have an air leak.
Not every issue with your windows must lead to window replacement, but in some cases it may make more sense to replace than repair. If your window is letting too much air through, for instance, you should consider looking into more airtight replacement windows. If your windows are cracked or the frames are warping or severely damaged, replacement may be the answer for you. You have to weigh the pros and cons for yourself, but in many cases, the added home comfort and value makes the window replacement worth it.
If window replacement is on your fall window maintenance checklist, contact Homesealed Exteriors today. We pride ourselves on our replacement windows, over 2000% more airtightthan the average vinyl replacement window in Milwaukee.