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Regular Check-Up and Maintenance on Your Windows and Doors in Raleigh, North Carolina

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When you first purchase a home, you do a pretty detailed walk through of the home to ensure everything is in good 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 over in Raleigh, take some time to stroll through your home and examine your windows and doors to check for any potential maintenance concerns. It’s quick, easy and it may save you money by catching areas that require maintenance.

Read through some tips from Pella in Raleigh 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 decent condition? Flaking and peeling are signs that you may have to refinish the surface.

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

  • Find the source of any problems – If you view any discoloration or signs of moisture; try to discover what’s causing the problem. Discolored wood around a window could 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 accumulate 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 diminish 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 have uneven sliding 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 take its toll. 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 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 talk with a professional, call 919-324-0196 to speak with a Pella representative or visit the showroom in Raleigh.