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Regular Check-Up and Maintenance on Your Windows and Doors in Sunset Hills, MO

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When you first purchase a home, you complete a pretty detailed walk through of the home to make sure everything is in good condition. Depending on when you moved in, it might have been a little while since you inspected your home with that same detailed look.

Now that the colder weather is gone in Sunset Hills, take some time to stroll through your home and inspect your windows and doors to check for any possible maintenance problems. It’s simple, easy and it may save you money by finding areas that need maintenance.

Here are some tips from Pella in Sunset Hills 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 need to refinish the unit.

  • Look at exterior surfaces – Condensation and water penetration can mean cracking, deteriorated wood or other damage. Look for signs of moisture. You should also check the walls, floors and ceilings for discoloration.

  • Find the source of any problems – If you see any discoloration or signs of moisture; try to find out what’s causing the issue. Discolored wood around a window can 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 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 allowing air to enter the home.

  • Open and close windows to check on sliding – If it feels like your windows don’t slide evenly 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 troublesome. Look for any loose strips that need to be reattached or exchange 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 tough on exterior sealants and caulking. Get rid of 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 speak with an expert, call (314) 207-0622 to speak with a Pella representative or visit the showroom in Sunset Hills.