Regular Check-Up and Maintenance on Your Windows and Doors in Mankato, Minnesota
When you first purchase a home, you do a pretty detailed walk through of the home to make certain everything is in decent condition. Depending on when you moved in, it could have been awhile since you looked at your home with that same close eye.
Now that the colder weather is over in Mankato, take some time to walk through your home and examine your windows and doors to check for any possible maintenance problems. It’s fast, easy and it might save you money by finding areas that need maintenance.
Check out some tips from Pella in Mankato to help you conduct basic 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 good
condition? Flaking and peeling are signs that you may have to
refinish the window or door.
- Look at
exterior surfaces – Condensation and water penetration can cause
cracking, deteriorated wood or other damage. Look
for signs of moisture. You should also inspect the walls,
floors and ceilings for discoloration.
- Find the
source of any problems – If you see any discoloration or signs of moisture;
try to discover what’s causing the issue.
Discolored wood around a window could 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 build
up in your window sills. Open the windows and clean out the tracks
with a soft brush. You should also do this with
your patio doors. Debris can decrease
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 have uneven
sliding 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 be troublesome. Look for any
loose strips that need to be reattached or replace
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 operating properly.
- Look at caulking and sealants – Rain, water and extreme sunlight can be tough on exterior sealants and caulking. Pull off any damaged material around your doors and windows and reapply sealant.
If you see any signs of issues with your home’s windows or doors, or you want to talk with an expert, call to speak with a Pella representative or visit the showroom in Mankato.