Regular Check-Up and Maintenance on Your Windows and Doors in Decatur, IL
When you first purchase a home, you perform a pretty thorough walk through of the home to make sure everything is in great condition. Depending on when you moved in, it may have been a little while since you looked at your home with that same detailed look.
Now that the colder weather is gone in Decatur, take some time to go through your home and examine your windows and doors to check for any potential maintenance concerns. It’s fast, easy and it might save you money by uncovering areas that require maintenance.
Read through some tips from Pella in Decatur to help you conduct regular 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 unit.
- Look at
exterior surfaces – Condensation and water penetration can mean
cracking, deteriorated wood or other damage. Look
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 find out 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 will
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 accumulate in your window sills. Open the windows and clean out the tracks
with a soft brush. Make sure this is also done on your patio doors. Debris can decrease
the performance of your windows by permitting air to enter the home.
- Open and
close windows to check on sliding – If it feels like your windows don’t slide evenly 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 swap out
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 working properly.
- Look at caulking and sealants – Rain, water and extreme sunlight can be tough on exterior sealants and caulking. Get rid of any damaged material around your doors and windows and reapply sealant.
If you see any signs of concerns with your home’s windows or doors, or you want to speak with a pro, call to speak with a Pella representative or visit the showroom in Decatur.