Regular Check-Up and Maintenance on Your Windows and Doors in Cheyenne, Wyoming
When you first purchase a home, you complete a pretty detailed walk through of the home to make certain everything is in decent condition. Depending on when you moved in, it may have been awhile since you looked at your home with that same eagle eye.
Now that the colder weather has passed in Cheyenne, take some time to stroll through your home and look at your windows and doors to check for any glaring maintenance issues. It’s simple, easy and it might save you money by uncovering areas that require maintenance.
Here are some tips from Pella in Cheyenne to help you conduct simple 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 have to
refinish the unit.
- Look at
exterior surfaces – Condensation and water penetration can induce
cracking, deteriorated wood or other damage. Keep an eye out
for signs of moisture. You should also inspect the walls,
floors and ceilings for discoloration.
- Find the
source of any problems – If you view any discoloration or signs of moisture;
try to discover what’s causing the concern.
Discolored wood around a window could be caused by a leak some
distance away. In the case of roof leaks, sometimes the water can
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 stack up in your window sills. Open the windows and clean out the tracks
with a soft brush. You should also do this with
your patio doors. Debris can diminish
the performance of your windows by letting
air 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 take its toll. Look for any
loose strips that need to be reattached or exchange
sections that are torn.
locking mechanisms – Locks not only keep people out of your home, but they also help ensure your windows and doors are tight. This helps to keep
out rain, wind, insects and even the hot air. Make sure they are doing
their job properly.
- Look at caulking and sealants – Rain, water and extreme sunlight can be harsh on exterior sealants and caulking. Remove 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 chat with a professional, call to speak with a Pella representative or visit the showroom in Cheyenne.