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Regular Check-Up and Maintenance on Your Windows and Doors in Murray, Kentucky

Regular Check-Up and Maintenance on Your Windows and Doors in Murray, Kentucky

When you first purchase a home, you complete a pretty thorough walk through of the home to make certain everything is in great condition. Depending on when you moved in, it could have been a little while since you inspected your home with that same close eye.

Now that the colder weather has passed in Murray, take some time to go through your home and look at your windows and doors to check for any potential maintenance problems. It’s simple, easy and it may save you money by uncovering areas that require maintenance.

Check out some tips from Pella in Murray to help you conduct basic maintenance on your windows and doors:

  • Inspect the interior and exterior finishes – Check on the condition of the finish around your windows and doors. Is the paint or stain in decent condition? Flaking and peeling are signs that you may have to refinish the window or door.

  • Look at exterior surfaces – Condensation and water penetration can mean cracking, deteriorated wood or other damage. Look for signs of moisture. You should also inspect the walls, floors and ceilings for discoloration.

  • Find the source of any problems – If you view any discoloration or signs of moisture; try to uncover what’s causing the concern. Discolored wood around a window can be caused by a leak some distance away. In the case of roof leaks, sometimes the water may run down the inside of the wall and reach the window.

  • Clean window sills and tracks – Dirt and debris such as leaves, insects and sand can build up in your window sills. Open the windows and clean out the tracks with a soft brush. You should also do this with your patio doors. Debris can reduce the performance of your windows by allowing air to enter the home.

  • Open and close windows to check on sliding – If it feels like your windows are sliding unevenly when you open and close them, try a non-oily lubricant such as paraffin wax on the opposing finishes to get it back on track.

  • Review weather stripping – All your windows and doors have weather stripping, and well, weather can be hard on it. Look for any loose strips that need to be reattached or exchange sections that are torn.

  • Check locking mechanisms – Locks not only keep people out of your home, but they also help make sure your windows and doors are tight. This helps to keep out rain, wind, insects and even the hot air. Make sure they are doing their job properly.

  • Look at caulking and sealants – Rain, water and extreme sunlight can be tough on exterior sealants and caulking. Remove any damaged material around your doors and windows and reapply sealant.

If you see any signs of concerns with your home’s windows or doors, or you want to chat with a professional, call 270-216-5253 to speak with a Pella representative or visit the showroom in Murray.

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