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Regular Check-Up and Maintenance on Your Windows and Doors in Boston, MA

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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 might have been a little while since you looked at your home with that same eagle eye.

Now that the colder weather has passed in Boston, take some time to walk through your home and examine your windows and doors to check for any potential maintenance issues. It’s quick, easy and it might save you money by uncovering areas that need maintenance.

Here are some tips from Pella in Boston to help you conduct simple 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 good condition? Flaking and peeling are signs that you may need to refinish the unit.

  • Look at exterior surfaces – Condensation and water penetration can cause 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 could be caused by a leak some distance away. In the case of roof leaks, sometimes the water can 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 build up in your window sills. Open the windows and clean out the tracks with a soft brush. Make sure this is also done on your patio doors. Debris can decrease 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 replace sections that are torn.

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

If you see any signs of problems with your home’s windows or doors, or you want to talk with a professional, call 617-712-2342 to speak with a Pella representative or visit the showroom in Boston.