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Are Your Windows and Doors Ready for the Cold in Grand Rapids, MI?

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Whether or not you are ready, the colder weather is hitting Grand Rapids and you can still find time to make sure your windows and doors are prepped for winter. Regularly examining your windows and doors will help ensure that your home keeps you comfortable and helps save on your energy bills.

What can you do to prepare your windows and doors for winter?

  • Make sure your windowsills and all the moving parts are clean – Dirt and debris left in windowsills or the moving parts on your windows and doors can reduce the tightness and seal when closed.
  • Check your weather stripping – Weather stripping helps to eliminate air from coming back in the home when windows and doors are closed. It can become loose or torn over time, so take a look and reattach any loose portions or replace sections that are torn.
  • Reapply caulk or sealant around windows and doors – Rain, water and sunlight can damage exterior sealants and caulk. Remove damaged material and apply new sealant.
  • Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces – Check for signs of moisture leaking, that could include cracked or deteriorated wood. Replacing the damaged wood will help keep cold air and moisture from entering the home.
  • Install storm doors – Storm doors help to add an additional layer of protection from air and moisture and improves energy performance.
  • Install snap-in blinds or shades – Not only does this boost your privacy, but it also helps to insulate your home.
  • Upgrade to energy-efficient windows and doors – If your home still has single-pane glass, clear glass, or your windows and doors are older, your heating bills may be higher than they need to be. Our experts can walk you through newer, energy-efficient products.

If you would like to learn more about preparing your windows and doors for winter, contact your local Showroom in Grand Rapids at 616-201-0206.