During summer it may seem as if winter will never return. And of course we are already moving in that direction now, although it’s not too late to act before an icy wind chills through cracks in winter windows. Window frames can last for decades. However, their seals need annual inspection to make sure everything is still working as it should.
First Tip: Weather Stripping on Winter Windows
Manufacturers use various materials to seal between doors, windows and their frames. However, this protection can wear thin from constant opening and closing. Replacing worn seals should be within the ability of a competent home handy person.
However, do make sure you have the right replacement stripping before attempting to remove the worn ones. This is quite a job for an amateur on a ladder.
Second Suggestion: Add an Exterior Storm Door
An expensive front door facing winter gales can take a hammering requiring a redecoration in spring. A storm door not only avoids this: it could also reduce temperature loss through the front entrance by as much as 50% with suitable glass / coatings.
Third Idea: Repair Damage to Wooden Frames
Wooden doors and windows have an attractive, retro feel. However, unlike our modern UPVC ones they can chip, wear, and even warp. This creates a fast track for icy air to come whistling through.
Remove the debris and any rot before doing a thorough clean. Then you may be able to make good with wood filler, although if your house has been neglected you might need new sections of timber.
Final Thought: Install Heavy Curtains and Drapes
You could extend the lives of your wooden windows and doors a little longer, by adding an extra layer of curtains and drapes. These can serve as an extra layer of glazing, if you keep then tightly closed.
If your windows are over 20 years old, we regularly save our clients 20% and more by upgrading their existing old windows to our high efficiency Silverline windows. That’s because our HVAC costs increase in winter, and sometimes more than necessary because our weatherproofing is failing. This increases their awareness, and helps ensure they are well prepared to keep winter cold at bay. Then you could stand at your new winter windows lightly dressed, while the kids build snow castles outside in the cold.