It’s important to keep your home in good working condition, not only for comfort and energy efficiency but also for appearance and marketability. Here is a handy checklist to help you maintain your windows and doors:
- Check for tight-fitting weather strips on the bottoms of every exterior door before the winter season. This will help keep pests out and improve energy efficiency.
- Adjust deadbolt strike plates and door knobs twice a year to ensure your doors shut tightly as changes in temperature and weather conditions can cause problems with the door latches. You can add plastic-foam weatherstripping afterward for good measure.
- Using a silicone-powder lubricant, lubricate the tracks and hinges on your doors annually.
- Lubricate your garage door track and ensure the surrounding area is sealed to stop insect invasion.
- Check for fogging in double-paned windows. This is a sign that the seal has failed, and the window will need to be replaced.
- Replace single-pane windows with double-paned windows. With current tax credits and energy bill savings, this project will pay for itself in just a few years.
- Check for drafts around your doors and windows every season. If you discover that air is creeping in, remove the interior window trim and seal the leak with caulk or spray-foam insulation. If you determine that you need to replace your windows, keep in mind that fiberglass and vinyl products are less moisture and temperature sensitive than wood products.
- Inspect the fame and molding around doors and windows for wood rot annually.
- To reduce chances of replacement down the road, apply a fresh coat of polyurethane to stained windows and doors.