Regardless if you are ready, the colder weather is arriving in St. Paul and there is still time to make sure your windows and doors are prepped for winter. Regularly checking your windows and doors will help ensure that your home remains and helps save on your energy bills.
How can you prepare your windows and doors for winter?
- Make sure your
windowsills and all the moving parts are clean – Dirt and debris residing in windowsills or the moving parts on your windows and
impact the tightness and seal when closed.
- Check your weather
stripping – Weather stripping helps to keep air
from coming back in the home when windows and doors
are shut. It can become loose or torn over time, so watch your weather stripping and reattach any loose portions or
replace sections that are torn.
- Reapply caulk or sealant around windows and
doors – Rain, water and sunlight can be harsh on
exterior sealants and caulk. Remove the damaged material and
apply new sealant.
- Repair or replace damaged exterior
surfaces – Take a look at your exterior surface for signs of moisture leaking, such as cracked or deteriorated wood. Replacing the
damaged wood will help keep cold air and moisture
from coming back into your home.
- Install storm doors – Storm
doors help to add an additional layer of
security from air and moisture and improves energy
- Install snap-in blinds or shades
– Not only does this boost your privacy, but it also
helps to insulate the house.
- Upgrade to energy-efficient windows and
doors – If your home still has
single-pane glass, clear glass, or your windows and doors are older, your heating bills may be higher than
they need to be. Our
experts can share information about newer,
energy-efficient windows and doors.
If you want more information about preparing your home for winter, contact your local Showroom in St. Paul at 651-213-9049.