Anywhere you have an open portal to the elements, you run the risk of losing energy. Windows and doors fit this description perfectly. Did you feel a draft coming from a door or window this winter? How about condensation or frost? If the answer is yes, you should take a closer look at your home’s openings to the outside.
Even if you detect energy loss from your windows and doors, a full replacement might not be necessary. In some cases, some simple maintenance will do the trick. Here are some things to look for.
Damaged or broken components. A cracked or missing piece of glass is an obvious sign that your home isn’t as efficient as it could be. In these cases, you’ll want to replace the offending item. Additionally, take a close look at the glazing compound, a putty-like substance that keeps glass windows in place. If the glazing is cracked or loose, you’ll want to make repairs.
Bad air sealing. Take a peek at the gap between the jamb and the framing by carefully removing a piece of trim. If there isn’t anything there, consider using an insulating foam or caulking.
Damaged or missing hardware. The moving parts of your doors and windows need special attention. Make sure the hinges, latches, cranks, and knobs are all snug and operate easily. If you find a trouble area, your local hardware store may have the replacement pieces in stock. If not, call a professional.
Worn weather stripping. Weather stripping creates a seal between two moving surfaces and helps to prevent air from getting around windows and doors. Make sure all of your access points are weather stripped - including doors and windows in unheated areas such as the basement, attic, or garage.
If you find that your problems are bigger than a simple fix, give us a call. We’re always happy to help out.
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