Winter is undoubtedly a testing period for your windows; the constant exposure to the wet weather and cold temperatures means that it is incredibly important to make sure that you keep your home protected. So, knowing how to look after your windows this time of year has to be on a homeowners' to-do list.
Here are some top tips for looking after your windows during the winter months.
Stop the Rot!
For those with traditional wooden frame windows, if they aren’t re-treated periodically, it is inevitable that their frames will eventually begin to rot away as they endure those pesky temperature and weather changes. Rot is caused by a type of fungus that destroys the wood, and it can lead to draughts around the window, and in extreme cases, the formation of harmful mould. If the rot isn’t too significant, you can usually repair small affected areas yourself; however, if more than 10% of the frame has rotted away, you’re much better off just replacing the window. An excessive amount of rot can cause the frame to become unstable, which creates a serious risk to your home security.
Deal with the Draughts
Draughts are unfortunately a very common window problem this time of year. They allow the cold air to get into your home, and let the warm air out - this results in you spending more to heat your home. Check for any gaps between the window frame and the wall; this is best done on a windy day. Small air leaks in the framework can usually be a straightforward repair job with some sealant or even weather stripping. However, if there is a crack in the glass you’ll almost certainly want to get it replaced.
Properly Closing Windows
If you have windows that don’t shut properly, you’ll have a horrible time trying to keep the cold winds and heavy rains out of your home this winter. It is notoriously common for this problem to arise with older windows as they will have experienced a great deal of expansion and contraction during the changes in temperature that occur from one season to the next. If you can see a gap on the hinge side of the window, between the window sash and frame , the cause is most likely the hinge - therefore, simply replacing the hinge should resolve this. The gasket sticking to the frame is another common cause of this problem, although it is possible to resolve this issue without damaging your window; use a bank card or a flat knife to separate them.
Should You Upgrade Your Windows this Winter?
During the colder months, previously unnoticed issues can become quite apparent - so it could be the perfect time to upgrade, especially if your windows are already a few years old. Here are some of the top reasons to upgrade your homes windows this winter:
Winter is known as the season of long, dark nights; an ideal time for burglaries to take place. New windows come jam-packed with impressive security features, so if you have any niggles about the security of your windows, now is the time to get them addressed.
With the right care and attention, double glazed windows can last for many years to come, so you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits that new windows bring this winter, and for many others after that.
New double glazing comes with a superior ability to retain heat when compared with the quality of the double glazing available 10 years ago; let alone windows that are 20 to 30 years old! By upgrading your windows, you can expect your home to cope much better against the colder temperatures, meaning that it will feel considerably warmer.
Your fuel bills should also reduce with new double glazed windows; with the increased ability to retain heat, you will spend less money on heating radiators and other heat sources in your home to keep warm.
If you think that your home needs replacement windows to be winter-proofed, AA Conservatories can help you. With an extensive selection of aluminium, UPVC and timber windows, we can make homes of any age and style more comfortable and secure this winter. For more information, give the team a call on 01492 544981 or get in touch with us online.