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Are Your Windows and Doors Ready for the Cold in Minneapolis, MN?

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Regardless if you are ready, the colder weather is arriving in Minneapolis and you still have time to make sure your home’s windows and doors are prepped for winter. Regularly checking your windows and doors helps ensure that your home remains and helps save on 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 left in windowsills or the moving parts on doors and windows can affect the tightness and seal when closed.
  • Inspect your weather stripping – Weather stripping helps to eliminate air from coming back in the home when windows and doors are shut. It can become loose or torn over time, so watch your weather stripping and reattach any loose portions or replace sections that are torn.
  • Reapply caulk or sealant around windows and doors – Rain, water and sunlight can be harsh on 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, that could include cracked or deteriorated wood. Replacing the damaged wood helps prevent cold air and moisture from entering the home.
  • Install storm doors – Storm doors offers an additional layer of security 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 home.
  • Upgrade to energy-efficient windows and doors – If your home 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 options.

If you have additional questions about preparing your home for winter, contact your local Showroom in Minneapolis at 612-249-7371.