Window-and-Door-Maintenance.jpg

Regular Check-Up and Maintenance on Your Windows and Doors in Hunt Valley, MD

Published on

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 may have been awhile since you looked at your home with that same detailed look.

Now that the colder weather is gone in Hunt Valley, take some time to go through your home and look at your windows and doors to check for any possible maintenance concerns. It’s simple, easy and it may save you money by catching areas that necessitate maintenance.

Check out some tips from Pella in Hunt Valley 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 decent condition? Flaking and peeling are signs that you may want to refinish the unit.

  • Look at exterior surfaces – Condensation and water penetration can cause 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 see any discoloration or signs of moisture; try to discover what’s causing the issue. Discolored wood around a window might 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 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 permitting 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.

  • 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 exchange 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 operating properly.

  • Look at caulking and sealants – Rain, water and extreme sunlight can be harsh on exterior sealants and caulking. Get rid of 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 chat with a professional, call 410-698-1950 to speak with a Pella representative or visit the showroom in Hunt Valley.