We just had our first snow this week and with that comes lots of talk about how to keep your home protected from cold weather elements. There are some precautions you can take to keep your property protected and avoid costly repairs or replacements. Here are two helpful tips.
#1: Make sure screens on windows are removed.
If you haven’t done this already, you can do it now. Remove the screens until after snow and ice is gone. You likely won’t be opening your windows during the winter so you don’t need to use the screens until the weather warms up anyway. Screen removal helps ensure that there is no snow or ice that gets caught in between the window and screen, which could cause damage over time.
#2: Stay on top of regular door and window maintenance.
Clear snow and icicles away from windows and doors, especially those that could be prone to wind damage. Significant ice or snow buildup around window or door seals or frames could cause damage if left unattended, especially if they are wooden. Damaged frames could cause misalignment and cracks could form, allowing air into the home. If the windows or doors in your home are leaking and inefficient, it is best to completely replace them. New windows and doors will not only look great and add value to the home, but they will help increase energy efficiency so you will see a savings on your utility bills.
Pacific Northwest winters vary from year to year but being proactive will help add years to the lifespan of your doors and windows and also help save you money on heating costs or unexpected repairs caused from water or air leakage. Ready to replace your windows and doors? Our experienced team at Lifetime Windows and Doors can help find the right windows and doors for your home within the right budget. Contact us today!