With winter knocking on the door – or window for that matter – it’s time to re-assess the condition of your home and make sure it can withstand the harsh weather that Mother Nature is sure to dish out. Specifically, focus on the windows in your home so they don’t get subjected to damage throughout the winter. Watch out for the following types of damage that can occur so you can prevent and remedy them.
Remember, proper window care and operation is essential.
Mold and Water Damage
You may assume summer is when mold is most prevalent; however, winter is actually one of the worst times of the year for mold – particularly around your windows. Mold will grow wherever there is moisture and oxygen, and can proliferate at an alarming rate if left untreated. If moisture is allowed to sit in and around your window, mold and bacteria growth will occur. As a result, significant water damage can impact your frame and sills.
One way to prevent this damage is to caulk them. Ideally, you should do this in fall when it’s not so cold, but if you forgot, don’t worry. Just be sure to stay away from latex caulk because it tends to freeze before it sets. Go with silicon or rubber instead. If the mold damage is so severe that it can’t be fixed, you may need a whole new window.
If you have storm windows, install them now before the first snowfall. When frost builds up, moisture can leak down into the cracks. Storm windows are designed to guard against this thanks to an added layer of protection. Double-pane glass is also a wise choice to keep frost off the inner layers of glass.
Another tip to keep frost at bay is to rub the window with a salt and water solution.
Broken Window Panes
When the temperature dips low enough or the temperature change on the window panes throughout the day is too great, your windows are at risk of developing thermal stress cracks. This happens when the window pane expands and contracts with the temperature change. Sometimes the tension is too great and a crack develops at the window’s edge, expanding inwards. If this happens, you will need glass replacement.
You may also experience broken window glass when there is a particularly nasty wind or snow storm that can send tree branches crashing through your window. To prevent broken branches from hitting your home during winter storms, trim your trees and get rid of any dangling branches in late fall.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
Our high-quality Bristol windows feature durable, energy efficient materials, beautiful designs, and a 50-year warranty for your peace of mind this winter. To learn more, contact us today at 508-832-5202.