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Regular Check-Up and Maintenance on Your Windows and Doors in Annapolis, Maryland

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When you first purchase a home, you complete a pretty in-depth walk through of the home to ensure everything is in great condition. Depending on when you moved in, it could have been a little while since you checked out your home with that same detailed look.

Now that the colder weather is gone in Annapolis, take some time to stroll through your home and look at your windows and doors to check for any potential maintenance issues. It’s quick, easy and it could save you money by finding areas that necessitate maintenance.

Read through some tips from Pella in Annapolis 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 unit.

  • Look at exterior surfaces – Condensation and water penetration can induce cracking, deteriorated wood or other damage. Keep an eye out for signs of moisture. You should also look at the walls, floors and ceilings for discoloration.

  • Find the source of any problems – If you see any discoloration or signs of moisture; try to uncover what’s causing the issue. Discolored wood around a window might be caused by a leak some distance away. In the case of roof leaks, sometimes the water will 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 stack 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 letting air 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 swap out sections that are torn.

  • Check locking mechanisms – Locks not only keep people out of your home, but they also help ensure 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 rough on exterior sealants and caulking. Pull off any damaged material around your doors and windows and reapply sealant.

If you see any signs of issues with your home’s windows or doors, or you want to chat with a pro, call 240-293-1068 to speak with a Pella representative or visit the showroom in Annapolis.