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Regular Check-Up and Maintenance on Your Windows and Doors in Kalamazoo, MI

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When you first purchase a home, you perform a pretty in-depth walk through of the home to ensure everything is in decent condition. Depending on when you moved in, it could have been awhile since you looked at your home with that same detailed look.

Now that the colder weather is over in Kalamazoo, take some time to go through your home and examine your windows and doors to check for any potential maintenance issues. It’s simple, easy and it might save you money by uncovering areas that necessitate maintenance.

Check out some tips from Pella in Kalamazoo to help you conduct regular 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 have 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 look at the walls, floors and ceilings for discoloration.

  • Find the source of any problems – If you view any discoloration or signs of moisture; try to find out what’s causing the problem. Discolored wood around a window can be caused by a leak some distance away. In the case of roof leaks, sometimes the water may 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 diminish the performance of your windows by permitting 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 hard on it. Look for any loose strips that need to be reattached or swap out 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 operating 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 issues with your home’s windows or doors, or you want to talk with a professional, call 269-215-4157 to speak with a Pella representative or visit the showroom in Kalamazoo.