The right exterior remodeling project can help you reduce your heating costs this winter. James Hardie® siding, for example, is effective at reinforcing your home’s thermal envelope, boosting the performance of your insulation and helping to keep your home warm against the cold weather. For doors and windows, it’s all about choosing the right replacement products as well as keeping them well maintained for the season.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, unsealed doors and windows account for up to 30% of heat loss in an average American home. By ensuring that your windows and doors are as airtight and weather-proof as possible, you can improve the overall efficiency of your heating system. Here are a few tips on how to properly winterize your windows and doors.
Seasonal Inspection and Maintenance
Book an inspection appointment with your contractor before the end of fall. A thorough inspection can detect any leaks you may have in your windows and doors and give you plenty of time to get them sealed just as winter starts. Talk to your professional about using silicone-based caulk and seals to make sure they can set properly even during cold weather.
The underside of doors is notorious for letting drafts inside your home. Consider adding a draft guard to help keep the chilly air outside. Understand, however, that draft guards are not a permanent solution. Replacing an aging door that is susceptible to drafts is the best way to avoid this type of problem every winter.
Aging components simply do not perform as well as their brand-new counterparts. For example, old siding boards may lead to losses in your energy efficiency, especially during winter. The same is true for aging windows and doors. If your windows have been around for 15 years or more, it’s time to prepare for a full replacement to avoid any potential problems.
This winter, get your windows and doors ready for the cold season with the help of our pros at Twin Cities Siding Professionals. Give us a call at (651) 967-0873, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate on door and window replacements today. We serve homeowners in Minneapolis and other surrounding areas.