Essential Spring Door and Window Maintenance

The spring spirit of Renewal means it is the perfect time to give our homes the attention they need. Our windows and doors, particularly, have weathered the winter storms and require maintenance to stay in prime condition. Here’s a guide to spring door and window maintenance. 

Clean + Inspect

Windows:

  • Spotting Damage: Begin with a thorough inspection for any damage like cracks, distortions, or signs of moisture damage, especially in wooden frames. Catching these issues early can avert larger problems in the future. 
  • Squeaky Clean: Clean away the remnants of winter with a soft cloth and gentle cleaner. A homemade vinegar and water solution will leave your windows sparkling and streak-free.
  • Seal Check: Verify the condition of your window seals. The cold can make seals brittle and crack, leading to unwanted drafts and increased heating costs. 

Doors:

  • Surface Examination: Look at your doors’ exterior and interior for any signs of wear or fading. Wooden doors may require a fresh coat of paint or varnish for added protection. 
  • Hardware Maintenance: Clean all hardware, including knobs, handles, and locks with a moist cloth. Apply lubricant to any parts that are not moving freely. 

Weatherproofing

Doors + Windows:

  • Seal Repair + Replacement: Spring is the ideal time to fix or replace damaged seals, enhancing your home’s energy efficiency by reducing air leaks. 
  • Storm Doors and Windows: Consider adding storm doors and windows for an additional barrier against harsh weather, extending the lifespan of your primary windows and doors. 

Screen Maintenance

  • Screen Repair + Replacement: Look for any damage to screens and repair or replace them as needed. This step is essential to keep pests out during warmer months. 
  • Screen Cleaning: Detach screens to clean them with a soft brush and a mild soap solution. After rinsing, let them dry thoroughly before reinstallation. 

Lubricate Moving Parts

  • Windows and Doors: Use a silicone-based lubricant on any moving parts, including hinges, locks and tracks. This will prevent noise and ensure smooth operation. 

Upgrade Considerations

If you uncover significant issues during your inspection, or if your windows and doors are notably aged and inefficient, consider upgrading. Renewal by Andersen offers a variety of high-efficiency windows and doors that not only elevate the look of your home but also enhance its insulation. This results in reduced energy costs and a more comfortable indoor environment. 

Proper door and window maintenance not only extends their life but also preserves the aesthetic and energy efficiency of your home. By implementing these spring maintenance tips for doors and windows, you can ensure they remain in peak condition for the coming seasons. Investing in maintenance now can help avoid expensive repairs later. 

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