Happy new year! It’s 2019, and as we look forward to the new year ahead, you may have made a few resolutions you’re going to try and work at. Some of these resolutions may be to save money, help with climate change, take better care of your family, or to simply promise to take better care of your home. The easiest way to start any one of these resolutions is to take a look at your window and doors and make sure they’re working at peak performance.
Having properly performing windows and doors are the number one way you can improve energy efficiency in your home. You’ll spend less on heating and air conditioning, which will save you money, and a small piece of the planet at the same time.
Taking care of your windows and doors can also help keep your family safe and healthy. Removing drafts and the potential for leaks can help combat conditions that support illness and mold growth, which is something every homeowner should be concerned about.
No matter what your new year’s resolution is, here are 10 tips to improve window and door performance in 2019.
Caulk Windows and Doors to Improve Performance
The first thing you should check each year is the caulking you’ve used around your windows and doors. Unfortunately, caulk doesn’t last forever, and it’s important you replace it from time to time. Any cracks or missing caulk will almost certainly lead to unwanted water penetrating your home. A quick inspection will reveal any issues.
Damaged Trim can Create Openings
While inspecting your caulk, you should note any issues that have appeared with window and door trim. Trim can be damaged any number of ways including an errant branch, falling icicle, or just time spent facing the elements. Much like caulking, damaged trim can lead to water and unwanted guests entering your home.
Proper Insulation Prevents Drafts
If your trim and caulking look OK, buy you still feel a draft, you may have a problem with the insulation around your window or door. Over time, especially with fiberglass insulation, the material can deteriorate or sag leaving a void that air can pass through. If you feel a draft, it’s worth a look to see if your insulation is holding up.
Flashing around windows and doors is designed to move water away from the window, and you’ll want to make sure your flashing is doing it’s job. If you notice a piece that could use some repair or replacement, you may want to add caulking right away until you can do a proper repair.
Check for Water Penetration
There are many issues can lead to water penetration, even if the cause isn’t obvious. If you notice any water near a window, you’ll need to find the cause right away as over time water can not only cause mold growth, but it can lead to rotten wood and structural issues.
Painting and Staining
Annual maintenance is a great way to prevent problems. If you have windows and doors that require paint or stain, you may want to consider re-doing them this year to help prolong their life.
Moisture in Windows
It’s not unusual to see a little moisture on a window from time to time depending on the humidity of your home, but if it’s between the panes of glass, you have problem with your window seal. Once the seal is broken, your window is no longer being efficient and it’s time to replace it.
Dirt on window causes scratches, and reduces any sunlight that will enter your home. If the sun doesn’t hit your window in winter, you’re not taking advantage of any heating or lighting properties that are provided. Cleaning windows is a surprisingly great way to save energy.
Check Door and Window Hardware
Make sure all locks, hinges, door handles, and sliding mechanisms are in working order. A quick inspection will make sure you’re not causing additional wear and tear which will prolong the life of your windows and doors.
Don’t Delay Maintenance
Lastly, don’t delay! It’s 2019, and every year you may have a checklist of items, some of which get pushed to a later date. Don’t delay taking care of windows and doors and your home will thank you for it.
No matter what your resolutions are for the new year, Euroclad Windows and Doors hopes you have a great 2019!