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Are Your Windows and Doors Ready for the Cold in South Portland, ME?

Are Your Windows and Doors Ready for the Cold in South Portland, ME?

Ready or not, the colder weather is hitting South Portland and you still have time to make sure your windows and doors are prepped for winter. Regularly checking your windows and doors helps ensure that your home keeps you comfortable and helps save on your energy bills.

How can you prepare your windows and doors for colder temperatures?

  • Check to see if your windowsills and all the moving parts are clean – Dirt and debris that remains in windowsills or the moving parts on your windows and doors can affect the tightness and seal when closed.
  • Check your weather stripping – Weather stripping helps to reduce air from coming back in the home when windows and doors are closed. It can become loose or torn over time, so take a look and reattach any loose portions or replace sections that are torn.
  • Reapply caulk or sealant around windows and doors – Rain, water and sunlight can damage exterior sealants and caulk. Remove the damaged material and apply new sealant.
  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces – Evaluate the exterior surface of your windows and doors for signs of moisture leaking, such as cracked or deteriorated wood. Replacing the damaged wood will help keep cold air and moisture from find its way into your home.
  • Install storm doors – Storm doors offers an additional layer of protection from air and moisture and improves energy performance.
  • Install snap-in blinds or shades – Not only does this increase your privacy, but it also helps to insulate the house.
  • Upgrade to energy-efficient windows and doors – If your home still has single-pane glass, clear glass, or your windows and doors are older, you could be paying more than necessary to heat your home. Our experts can talk to you about newer, energy-efficient products.

If you would like to learn more about preparing your windows and doors for winter, contact your local Showroom in South Portland at 207-517-2331.

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