Ready or not, the colder weather is hitting Traverse City and you can still find time to make sure your home’s windows and doors are prepped for winter. Regularly checking your windows and doors can help ensure that your home keeps you comfortable and helps save on your energy bills.
How can you prepare your windows and doors for colder temperatures?
- Make sure your
windowsills and all the moving parts are clean – Dirt and debris left in windowsills or the moving parts on your windows and
reduce 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 secured. It can become loose or torn over time, so watch your weather stripping and reattach any loose portions or
replace sections that are ripped.
- Reapply caulk or sealant around windows and
doors – Rain, water and sunlight can be harsh on
exterior sealants and caulk. Remove damaged material and
apply new sealant.
- Repair or replace damaged exterior
surfaces – Evaluate the exterior
surface of your windows and doors for signs of moisture leaking, that could include 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 add an additional layer of
protection from air and moisture and improves energy
- Install snap-in blinds or shades
– Not only does this improve your privacy, but it also
helps to insulate your home.
- Upgrade to energy-efficient windows and
doors – If you still have
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 walk you through newer,
If you have additional questions about preparing your windows and doors for winter, contact your local Showroom in Traverse City at 231-538-2175.