The Impact of Winter on Your Windows and Doors

Despite being widely labeled as the most wonderful time of the year, the winter season may have an inevitable negative impact on your windows and doors. As the cold weather slowly approaches, you must get to know the common window and door issues you may experience during wintertime. 

Structural Damage

The cold temperature and humidity can be particularly harsh to specific materials, especially wood. If your window frames, doors or door frames are made of wood, they might shrink in extreme cold. In extreme humidity, on the other hand, they can begin to warp or bow. To prevent this, you must frequently treat your wooden window frames, doors or door frames with paint or sealer. 

Additionally, the latches, handles and hinges of your windows and doors may become damaged or jammed due to ice or cold-weather stress. It’s important to note that your casement and awnings windows may be more vulnerable than their sliding counterparts. This is because they require a more complex opening mechanism. 

Window Condensation

Condensation is not always a bad thing. During the winter months, condensation may occur because the warm and humid indoor air cannot escape through your windows. In other words, this is a positive sign that your windows have a good level of energy efficiency. 

However, condensation can be annoying as it hinders your view of the outside. To eliminate winter window condensation, all you have to do is reduce the humidity in your home by using a dehumidifier, turning on the fan in your bathroom and properly venting your home. 

Ice Formation

One of the reasons why weatherstripping should be replaced regularly is because ice typically forms in the open spaces between doors and windows, and the frames. When you let out warm indoor air through these small openings, it freezes in contact with the cold outside air. This can make it difficult to open your window without cracking the weatherstripping, which also increases the buildup of ice. In extremely cold weather, icicles can form on your siding as well. 

Possibility of Drafts

Another reason why weatherstripping is essential is to prevent the possibility of drafts. If your windows or doors are outdated or poorly insulated, it may be a major cause of drafts in your home. In many cases, however, the best way to avoid drafts is to install a new door or window as soon as possible. As such, you should call your home contractor to schedule a replacement as early as fall to prepare your home before winter comes along. 

Now that you know the common issues you might face during the cold weather, you can prepare your windows and door ahead of time so they can withstand any winter problems. For your home improvement projects, get in touch with us at Paddy’s. We offer services for your chimneys and more. Call us today at (302) 388-3625, or fill out our contact form to set an appointment.

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