Regular Check-Up and Maintenance on Your Windows and Doors in Bloomington, IN, IN
When you first purchase a home, you do a pretty detailed walk through of the home to make sure everything is in decent condition. Depending on when you moved in, it could have been a little while since you checked out your home with that same eagle eye.
Now that the colder weather is over in Bloomington, IN, take some time to walk through your home and inspect your windows and doors to check for any potential maintenance issues. It’s simple, easy and it might save you money by uncovering areas that need maintenance.
Here are some tips from Pella in Bloomington, IN to help you conduct basic maintenance on your windows and doors:
- Inspect the
interior and exterior finishes – Check on the condition of the finish
around your windows and doors. Is the paint or stain in decent
condition? Flaking and peeling are signs that you may want to
refinish the window or door.
- Look at
exterior surfaces – Condensation and water penetration can induce
cracking, deteriorated wood or other damage. Keep an eye out
for signs of moisture. You should also inspect the walls,
floors and ceilings for discoloration.
- Find the
source of any problems – If you see any discoloration or signs of moisture;
try to discover what’s causing the problem.
Discolored wood around a window could be caused by a leak some
distance away. In the case of roof leaks, sometimes the water can
run down the inside of the wall and reach the window.
- Clean window
sills and tracks – Dirt and debris such as leaves, insects and sand can stack up in your window sills. Open the windows and clean out the tracks
with a soft brush. You should also do this with
your patio doors. Debris can reduce
the performance of your windows by allowing air to enter the home.
- Open and
close windows to check on sliding – If it feels like your windows are sliding unevenly when you open and close
them, try a non-oily lubricant such as paraffin wax on the opposing finishes to
get it back on track.
weather stripping – All your windows and doors have weather stripping, and well,
weather can be hard on it. Look for any
loose strips that need to be reattached or replace
sections that are torn.
locking mechanisms – Locks not only keep people out of your home, but they also help make sure your windows and doors are tight. This helps to keep
out rain, wind, insects and even the hot air. Make sure they are operating properly.
- Look at caulking and sealants – Rain, water and extreme sunlight can be harsh on exterior sealants and caulking. Remove any damaged material around your doors and windows and reapply sealant.
If you see any signs of issues with your home’s windows or doors, or you want to speak with a professional, call to speak with a Pella representative or visit the showroom in Bloomington, IN.