Prep Your Home For Winter Weather

Prep Your Home for Winter Weather

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Wintertime in Roanoke can really launch your utility bills to the skies. The good news is there’s a great deal that you can do to prep your home for the chilly months and possibly save some money.

  • Clean window sills and moving parts. Sand, dirt, leaves and other debris can get wedged in window sills and shifting parts of windows or doors —and this can cause shutting problems. Clean these areas with a dry paintbrush to establish a tighter seal and increase window and door performance.

  • Examine weather stripping. Unattached weather stripping can let cold air in and impact your home’s environment. Be sure to fix or change any loose weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Test the caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Extreme weather in the Roanoke area and intense sunlight can create gaps in caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Refer with a local professional to decide if fresh caulk or sealant needs to be put on your windows and doors.

  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Fractured or deteriorated wood on the roof or near the foundation may allow cold air to seep into your home. Confer with a professional to help correct any roof problems around your home.

  • Install storm doors. Storm doors add an extra layer of protection from intense weather and also help decrease air leakage. If you have storm doors, but they’re not functioning properly, it may be time for replacement doors.

  • Replace old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have older windows or doors or they have single-pane glass, you are probably paying more to heat your home. New doors and windows with energy efficient, double, or triple pane glass made with protecting argon can help save money year-round. Windows with snap-in, between-the-glass blinds or shades can also help cloister your home from chilly outdoor temperatures. 

Want more information about winterizing your windows and doors or about new windows or replacement doors? Call the team at Pella Windows and Doors at 540-466-1918 or stop by our showroom in Roanoke.