Winter’s freezing temperatures and harsh weather may prompt you to schedule some repairs or replacement. Winter just may be the toughest season your home can ever experience, and it’s important to understand just how much the cold can affect your windows and doors.
Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the common issues homeowners face during this season, you can take the necessary steps to prevent them from causing any trouble in your home.
Many new construction builders will often take thermal expansion and contraction into consideration when planning out a build or a remodel. Changes in size due to temperature is more pronounced during winter when days could easily reach frosty 10 to 20 degrees. This poses a problem for windows and doors, such as seal breakage and leaks.
As cold temperatures shrink window and door frames, warm moist air from inside your home can escape through the gaps and freeze as it comes into contact with the outdoors. This causes ice to form around your windows, resulting in problems with opening and closing or, in worst cases, total window failure.
Condensation happens when cold winter air comes into contact with the warmer glass surface of your windows. On the one hand, it’s a sign that your doors and windows have excellent energy efficiency. On the other, it can make your windows look like they’re leaking. You can reduce condensation by properly venting your bathroom or by using a dehumidifier inside your home.
At Blackstone Exteriors, we are your leading provider of window and door installation and replacement services. Give us a call at (515) 344-1323, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today.