The summer is a great time to work on projects around the house! The warmer weather makes it so much easier to inspect the outside of your home, and it’s much nicer working outside when the sun is shining and you don’t have to deal with the snow or the cold. The windows of your home are important for letting light in, but it’s just as important that your windows are well-maintained so that your home is as efficient as possible. If your windows are cracked or damaged, you are essentially letting the outside in. Here are some maintenance tips for taking care of your windows this summer.
Remove the Debris
Over the winter, dirt and debris will build up in the windowsills and it will get caught in the sliding part of the window. When there’s dirt in the sill, the window may not shut as tightly as it should, which means it may be less efficient. Start by brushing out the dirt and then wipe them clean. In addition to creating a tighter seal, removing all the excess debris will make your windows look nicer and your home cleaner overall.
Replace Weather Stripping
Weather stripping is an essential part of your windows that helps to keep the outside out and stops moisture from getting into your home. Over time, as it is exposed to the elements, the weather stripping on your windows can become damaged or loosen from the window itself. This material can be purchased your local home improvement store and can be easily replaced around the window. While doing so, it might be a good idea to replace any caulking that you notice is starting to wear.
Replace Old Windows
This home improvement project is a rather large one, but eventually, it will be time to replace old windows. New windows are going to be much more energy-efficient so will help to lower your utility costs each month, and, over time, pay for themselves. You don’t have to replace all windows at once – though you can if you want to. Check out all the windows in your house and find the ones that are the oldest and start with those. One of our Dayside sales representatives would be happy to provide you with a free quote so you can see what your options are. Summer is a great time to replace the windows as you won’t have to worry about any ice or snow build up and it will be easier to replace them.
Check for Water Damage
Sometimes, unfortunately, even newer windows can leak. Every so often, maybe twice a year, check around all the seals of the windows of your home. Look for evidence of moisture damage or mold. Even if there isn’t active water coming into your home that doesn’t mean there isn’t some kind of leak happening. If you are proactive in checking your windows, you will be more likely to find any problems early on. If you find any leaks, you may be able to caulk around the window to keep moisture out or potentially replace some of the framing around the window if that’s the issue. If you aren’t comfortable with fixing the issues yourself, you can always call Dayside to have one of our professional technicians to come out and see what is needed.
For more advice on maintaining your windows during the summer, contact Dayside Windows today!