you first purchase a home, you do a pretty thorough
walk through of the home to make certain everything is in
decent condition. Depending on when you moved in, it might
have been awhile since you inspected your home with that same eagle eye.
that the colder weather is gone in Minneapolis,
take some time to go through your home and inspect
your windows and doors to check for any glaring
maintenance problems. It’s quick, easy
and it may save you money by uncovering
areas that need maintenance.
Check out some tips from Pella in Minneapolis to
help you conduct regular maintenance on your windows and
- 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 want to
refinish the surface.
- Look at
exterior surfaces – Condensation and water penetration can induce
cracking, deteriorated wood or other damage. Check
for signs of moisture. You should also look at 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 problem.
Discolored wood around a window can be caused by a leak some
distance away. In the case of roof leaks, sometimes the water may
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. This should also be done on patio doors. Debris can reduce
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 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 working properly.
- Look at
caulking and sealants – Rain, water and extreme sunlight can be rough
on exterior sealants and caulking. Get rid of any damaged
material around your doors and windows and reapply sealant.
you see any signs of problems with your home’s windows or
doors, or you want to talk with a
professional, call to speak with a Pella representative or visit
the showroom in Minneapolis.