It is important to maintain the condition of the windows in your home, because when you do not keep them in shape, they tend to develop gaps and cracks, which allow heat to escape from your home. If you let their condition continue to deteriorate, you will eventually have to completely replace all of your windows. The good news is that it is easy to maintain your windows, and if you stay on top of it, the maintenance is neither hard nor time consuming.
Weather Strip and Caulk The first thing that you want to do is check around your windows for air leaks. Whenever you find a spot that is not properly sealed, you can take care of the problem quickly and inexpensively with weather stripping and caulking. By sealing your windows you can actually notice the difference in your utility bills whether it is for heating in the wintertime or cooling in the summertime. Whenever you are doing weather stripping or caulking maintenance on your windows you want to make sure that the weather is warmer, because the products will not cure properly in cold weather. So whenever the seasons change, is a good time to assess the condition of your windows and weather proof as needed.
The average home develops enough small cracks around the edges of its windows to equate to a two foot square opening; so think about the amount of heat or air conditioning that you would lose to the elements if you had a two foot square window open all year long. This one fact alone should be enough to get you to maintain all of the windows in your home. A tube of caulking and a caulking gun cost less than twenty dollars, and a single tube is more than enough to maintain all of the windows in an average home. You will save more than that on your first month's utility bill alone, so there is absolutely no compelling argument for putting off maintenance on your windows. For larger gaps, you can use expansion foam instead of caulk, but you want to make sure that you use these products carefully because over application can cause damage to the window frame.
Protecting Bare Wood with Paint In homes whose windows are framed in wood, it is important to keep the exterior surfaces surrounding your window painted and in good repair. As paint becomes chipped and worn, it is important to prep the area, prime and repaint the woodwork. As wood is exposed to the harsh elements, rotting, warping, cracking and splitting may occur. By sealing the wood with a quality primer and following with a coat of exterior paint, you will protect the wood from the harsh, seasonal elements.
Transitional Times Call for Inspection As the seasons change take a good, hard look at your windows and catch any problems while they are still small. By performing a visual check as the seasons change, you can quickly and easily repair any small imperfections around your windows to keep your house tightly sealed as the weather becomes more extreme outside. By following this maintenance schedule, you can make your repairs when they are easy and small and keep your windows functioning at an optimum level for many years to come.
Regular inspections and maintenance on your windows is well worth the time and effort in recouped energy savings.
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