Fall is here, and with it, the nippy fall breeze, beautiful colors as the leaves fall from the trees, and of course, autumn storms. When it comes to your home, one of the main questions to consider is how well your windows and doors will hold up to the weather. Here are a few tips to prepare your windows, entry doors, and patio doors for the colder weather this year and going into 2020.
Reseal and Weatherstrip
One of your primary concerns will be leaks and drafts. Before the weather grows too cold (and we’ve already had a few cold days!), make sure your window’s caulking is strong and uncracked. Seal any portions that might be weaker. This is also a good time to install weatherstripping in order to further secure your home from air leaks and uncomfortable drafts. If you notice windows fogging up on colder nights, you have a problem with window leaks.
Replace Damaged Materials
Are your window frames cracked, warped, or otherwise damaged? What about the surface of your door? You’ll want to have that taken care of before the weather becomes too cold or the thresholds and places in your home with windows can quickly become uncomfortable. This is a good time to schedule a window replacement or door replacement if need be. It may also be a good time to add a protective stain to wood doors in order to keep them from swelling or warping.
Consider Window Treatments
Fall and winter means less and less sunlight, so you’ll want to soak up as much as you can. Make sure your windows are unobstructed during the day, to light your home and even let in a little warmth from sunlight. In the evening, however, you want to use curtains or shutters that keep the heat in, protecting your home from heat loss. It’s worth noting, of course, that when you opt for energy efficient windows, heat loss will be less of a problem.
Want to learn more about how to make sure your windows and doors are ready for fall? Contact Zen Windows Des Moines today for more information or a free quote on window and door replacement.