The days are shorter and the nights are getting colder! Soon, it will be winter in the Northwest and there’s no denying that it will get cold and your windows and doors will be put to the test. Looking for ways to prepare windows for winter in your home? Here are our tips on how to prepare for winter weather.
Tip #1: Check window and door caulking.
Prepare doors and windows for winter by resealing areas around the area that might have been exposed to heavy weather or a lot of sunlight. If you notice breaks or cracks in the sealant or caulking, replace it in order to prevent drafts and warm air from leaking out.
Tip #2: Check weather stripping.
Do your windows and doors have worn weather stripping? If the weather stripping is loose, it needs to be reapplied, otherwise the bitter cold air will get in during the winter, thereby reducing energy efficiency and increasing your utility bill.
Tip #3: Don’t ignore repairs.
If you have cracked windows or a damaged door, don’t ignore it any longer. Repairing cracked window panes or the wood around the windows can help you reduce the risk of moisture leakage, which could cause significant damage to the areas around your doors and windows if left unattended for a long period of time.
Tip #4: Replace your windows and doors for energy efficient ones.
If you have single pane glass or old windows or doors, you may notice a steep increase in your utility bill every year. Replacing your old windows and doors with energy efficient windows that are double or triple pane can help you save significant money, not just in the winter, but year round. New doors can also help save you money and reduce air leakage.
We are proud to serve Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas, as well as Central Oregon and Bend! Our professional team can help you get your home ready for the upcoming cold months. Contact us today if you need expert advice on window and door repair, replacement, as well as weatherization tips.