March 24, 2017

How to Inspect Your Home’s Windows and Doors

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Like any other component of your home, the windows and doors need regular care and maintenance to ensure they are in proper working order. The earlier you can detect any issues, the easier and less expensive it will be to fix them.

Here are some tips to help you inspect and uncover any potential damage to your home’s windows and doors.

  • Take a close look at any areas on the windows and doors that might have openings that are allowing cold air in. Any gaps are often the result of cracked caulking, rotting structures, and damaged window panes or exterior doors. If you notice that there is a lot of light peering from beneath your exterior doors, there most certainly is plenty of air entering your home.
  • Scope out your windows for any cracks in the window panes and inspect your doors for any significant damage to the door itself. If you notice cracks in the windows or exterior doors, they will need to be replaced. In this case, consider installing energy-efficient models to help you cut back on your utility bills.
  • Shake your windows and doors to see if they make any rattling noises. If they do, there may be a gap between the frame and the window or door. Luckily, this is an issue that can be easily and quickly fixed by simply applying some caulking or weather stripping to the frame.
  • Locks may also be a cause to air entering your home. If you notice that the door lock jams, it’s possible that the knobs might need to be tightened. Issues with locks also point to the potential for the door to be loose in its frame, which can be dealt with by installing weather stripping. For window locks, make sure the top locks don’t completely squeeze into the latches. In addition, check for loose cranks on casement windows and double-hung windows that cannot shut properly.
  • Conduct a home air pressure exam to see if there are more air leaks around the windows and doors. Start by locking all the windows and doors, shutting all the vents, and turning on all exhaust fans. Then, light a stick of incense and hold it near the openings of all the doors and windows. The fumes from the incense will help you to find any spots that air is being allowed in from.

If you notice any issues after having a thorough examination of your doors or windows, you would be well advised to call the experts in window and door installation. At Doctor Screen, we can assist by incorporating screens to your window and door openings so your home will be ready for the warmer months to come.

Get in touch with your local Doctor Screen distributor today to have your home outfitted with the highest quality window and door screens available!