A little maintenance goes a long way and can even help you avoid major repairs down the road. It is important to not overlook your windows.

We have put together a list of important things to check when it comes to your home’s windows and to ensure they are ready for colder weather.

Clean and inspect your windows

Give your windows an adequate cleaning, inside and out. Use a microfiber cloth instead of paper towels, as they will scratch and leave residue. While you clean them, inspect for any damage and jot down a list of any problems you notice or repairs that are needed.

Questions to ask yourself when inspecting for damage:

  1. Do I feel a draft around any windows?
  2. Do your windows open and close easily?
  3. Do your windows lack and lock properly?
  4. Are there any cracks or scratches in the glass?
  5. Are there any signs of moisture or mildew?
  6. Are the hinges and frame in tact and clean?

Check for drafts and air leaks around windows

Drafty windows will drive up your heating and energy bills and means your windows are no longer air tight. There are a few options to fix and seal drafty windows. A reliable caulking solution works best for small cracks and can only be used to fix stationary parts of the window. Use weatherstripping to seal the moving parts of the window and around door seams. There are several types of weatherstripping available for you to choose from.

Clear out window weep holes

If you have sliding or vinyl windows, you will want to check the weep holes. They are located on the bottom of the exterior frame that drain any trapped water. Make sure these holes are not plugged by any debris to prevent water leaks in the future.

Check for any glass degradation

Heavy rainfall and hard minerals from water can lead to buildup of debris on the surfaces of your windows.  When your windows are exposed to this over a long period of time, it can cause corrosion and contamination.

Inspect your window treatments

There are many types of window treatments for the exterior and interior of your home.  Window treatments serve functional purposes by helping control the amount of UV rays and sunlight, but they also preserve your walls, floors, and furniture from fading and discoloring.  Don’t forget, window treatments provide your family privacy, as well as, add value and character to your home inside and out.