Fall Window and Door Maintenance – Carve Out Time
Making plans to carve a pumpkin? You may also want to carve out some time this season to check in on your windows and doors, preparing your home for the shift to cooler weather. Fall window and door maintenance can protect both the inside and the outside of your home, and improve the function of your investments.
Water Damage Around Windows and Doors
Check for water damage around your windows and doors. Examine exterior surfaces for rotted, cracked, or deteriorated wood, which can be caused by water damage. In the interior, look for warning signs such as discoloration to your walls, floors, or ceilings, which could be telling you there is moisture where it isn’t welcome.
Wear and Tear in Fall Window and Door Maintenance
Take a close look at both the exterior and interior finishes of your windows and doors. Are the finishes (paint or stain) in good condition? Flaking or peeling paint or damaged finishes could be a warning sign that you need to repair or replace.
Performance of Windows and Doors
You can bolster the performance of your windows and doors with regular cleaning, being sure that windowsills and tracks are free of dirt and debris. If you find debris, clean it with a soft brush. Dirt and debris can stand in the way of an airtight seal and impact operation and performance.
Operation of Windows and Doors
Open and close your windows and doors to check on seals, locks, and smoothness of operation. Take a look at any weather stripping to be sure it is intact. Reattach any loose portions of weather stripping and replace weather stripping that is damaged or ripped. If your windows aren’t properly opening and closing, moisture can creep in.
Other Helpful Fall Window and Door Maintenance Tips on the Exterior
- Stay on top of clearing gutters and downspouts, be sure drainage areas are not blocked with leaves or other debris.
- Take some time (or hire someone) to inspect your roof, making sure there are no signs of buckling, cracking or curling. If you find damage, take steps to replace those shingles immediately. With gaps, ice and snow can easily find their way into the interior of your home.
- Turn off the valves of exterior hoses to prevent water pipes from bursting in cold temperatures.
Fall Window and Door Maintenance – did you know?
Lower humidity and cool (but not freezing) temperatures make the fall an ideal season to focus on the exterior of your home. We’d love to help with your Fall window and door maintenance, as well as help you make your design dreams a reality, please CONTACT US to get started!
HGTV also shared a great article (naturally!) with even more tips for Fall window and door maintenance projects, as well as protecting your lawn and garden! Check out their tips and tricks HERE!