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Regular Check-Up and Maintenance on Your Windows and Doors in South Portland, ME

Regular Check-Up and Maintenance on Your Windows and Doors in South Portland, ME

When you first purchase a home, you perform a pretty thorough walk through of the home to make sure everything is in decent condition. Depending on when you moved in, it might have been a little bit since you checked out your home with that same eagle eye.

Now that the colder weather is gone in South Portland, take some time to go through your home and look at your windows and doors to check for any potential maintenance problems. It’s simple, easy and it might save you money by uncovering areas that necessitate maintenance.

Read through some tips from Pella in South Portland to help you conduct regular 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 presentable condition? Flaking and peeling are signs that you may want to refinish the surface.

  • Look at exterior surfaces – Condensation and water penetration can mean 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 find out what’s causing the concern. Discolored wood around a window can 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 accumulate in your window sills. Open the windows and clean out the tracks with a soft brush. This should also be done on patio doors. Debris can reduce the performance of your windows by allowing air to enter the home.

  • Open and close windows to check on sliding – If it feels like your windows are sliding unevenly 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.

  • Review weather stripping – All your windows and doors have weather stripping, and well, weather can be troublesome. Look for any loose strips that need to be reattached or swap out sections that are torn.

  • Check locking mechanisms – Locks not only keep people out of your home, but they also help with ensuring 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 rough on exterior sealants and caulking. Remove any damaged material around your doors and windows and reapply sealant.

If you see any signs of problems with your home’s windows or doors, or you want to speak with an expert, call 207-517-2331 to speak with a Pella representative or visit the showroom in South Portland.

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