Patrick Murphy from Unique Home Solutions shows us why window maintenance is important this time of year.
Here are some things to look for while checkout your windows. Patrick recommends checking the condition of the window frame and sash. Use a metal probe to look for signs of rot, which could indicate moisture infiltration. Check for signs of moisture in double or triple-paned windows. This indicates that the seal has failed and has to be replaced. A failed seal reduces the insulation capacity of your windows. The sun can cause certain areas of the frame to become brittle and warp. Paint may have peeled off in certain areas. If you have weather stripping on your windows, check the condition during inspection. Make arrangements for replacement if the stripping has worn out. Check for any gaps between the window casing and wall. These can be filled with a latex caulk.
Replace all worn out weather stripping. This helps to reduce air and water leaks. It also helps to secure the window in place. Use spray-form insulation or caulk to help you seal your windows. Recaulk the exterior of the window around the outside to ensure proper seal.
Re-paint wooden and metal window frames every 3 to 4 years. It helps protect them from the elements and maintains their appearance. Always apply paint onto windows that have been well cleaned. Be careful not to paint over moving parts or a shut window, as the window will get stuck.
Attend to any cracks, holes, and splinters in the window promptly. The longer you to take to address damaged areas, the more the window will deteriorate. Once you identify the rotted sections in wooden windows, use a screwdriver to clean out the bad wood and then fill the cracks and holes with epoxy putty. Use several layers for the best results. Once the putty dries, smooth the area with sandpaper and then apply primer and paint. Like damaged frames, cracked or broken glass requires your immediate attention. Repair or replace your windowpane quickly to secure your home and prevents accidental cuts by the broken glass.