Taking Care of Your Windows and Doors after a Long Winter
Now that the days are warmer and the snow is melting away, it’s time for spring cleaning. And part of spring cleaning is checking for damage to your windows after a long winter.
Windows and doors withstand extreme fluctuating temperatures. And the frigid cold in the winter months can take its toll on windows. While new windows can withstand this weather, older windows are more likely to wear down.
But now that winter is over, it’s time to take care of your storefront windows with this spring maintenance guide.
Check the Seals
Check the condition of the seals around the window frames. Cold weather causes rubber and seals to break down over time. Worn-down seals will lead to poor insulation and drafts.
If you don’t replace poor seals, your heating and air conditioning systems will work harder, causing higher costs for energy bills. Poor seals also let in insects, dirt, and debris.
If there are cracks and leaks around your windows and doors, moisture will also get in, causing water damage and wood deterioration.
Also keep an eye out for condensation buildup on your windows, or between the panes of a double pane window. Condensation between panes is a sign that there’s a leak in the seal and the insulating gas between the panes has leaked out.
Check for Decay
For wood window frames, look for signs of mould and rot. This will indicate a leak and should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage. The spring rains won’t be kind to your window frames if there’s a leak.
Vinyl frames may warp over time with the fluctuating winter temperatures. So keep an eye out for cracked and warped vinyl when inspecting your window frames.
Clean the Screens
If you have a private outdoor space at your business, consider bringing your window screens outside to clean. Lean them against an outdoor wall, and scrub with a non-abrasive brush and household cleaner. Rinse off with water and allow to air dry.
Wash the Windows
A warm spring day is a good time to get out and wash your storefront windows. If they are hard to reach, consider using a step stool or a retractable squeegee.
To wash your storefront windows, spray with cleaner, lather with a cloth, and squeegee dry. Wipe around the sill and frame to clean any dirt and debris.
You will need:
- A squeegee;
- Clean, dry cloths; and
- A spray bottle of window cleaner or warm water and vinegar.
Add Caulking & Weather-Stripping
If you do discover cracks and leaks around your windows, repair with caulking and weather-stripping. This will help reduce air leakage and keep your energy costs down.
Apply caulk to stationary gaps, crack, or joins that are less than a quarter-inch wide. Use weather-stripping for moveable parts, such as doors and windows that open.
If your storefront windows and doors are outdated and beyond repair, consider replacing your windows and doors. These upgrades will pay off by boosting the appearance of your storefront and reducing your energy costs year-round.