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How to winter-proof your windows in time for the chill

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Autumn is officially here. The good news: crunching through crisp leaves, boxes of chocolates in the supermarkets and pumpkin spiced lattes. The bad news: falling temperatures and damp weather. But fear not, we’re here to help keep your home warm, dry and cosy all year round – whatever the weather. 

As we fast approach the winter months, now is the perfect time to think about weatherproofing your windows to keep out the chill and keep your home damp-free. Wait until December and you might already be dealing with damage. Act now and you’ll be well prepared. 

When the Sky Cinema Christmas collection comes out, the last thing you want to be worrying about is giving your windows TLC, so keep reading to stay ahead of the game. 

First of all, ask yourself:

 

Does my double glazing need replacing?

Battening down the hatches when your windows are in good condition is one thing but trying to weatherproof damaged double glazing is a whole other kettle of fish. Schedule some time in your diary to give your windows the once-over to ascertain whether your double glazing needs repairing or even replacing. 

Leaving damaged double glazing to get worse will let cold draughts and damp into your home, hiking up your utility bills, running the risk of rot and leaving you to the mercy of Jack Frost – not to mention tripling your annual blanket budget.  

Keep reading > How to tell when double glazed windows need replacing 

 

Take measures to lock out cold and moisture

Did you know wooden window frames contract and expand as the seasons change? During the winter, frames will contract in the cool climate, which can cause gaps around the window that let in air and moisture. 

Window seals are a great, cost-savvy way to solve the problem in the short term. However, this might be something you need more extensive repair work on further down the line. 

If you have uPVC window frames, check around the frames, as well as the sills, to ensure there is no damage to the seals. If you see gaps or caulking crumbling away, you’ll want to get this repaired ahead of winter. 

Find out more > How to stop condensation on windows 

 

Some other things to look out for:

Windows that won’t close properly – This might be because wooden frames have warped, or even just because you’ve recently painted your frames with layers so thick they’re preventing the window from closing fully. If the latter is your issue, simply sand the paint down and you’ll be good to go. 

Handles on the loose – Over time handles can sometimes become too loose, causing the window not to close properly. If you think this might be the case in your home, simply tighten them up with a screwdriver. 

If you need help working out how to do this (some mechanisms can be a little tricky) just say the word and we’d be more than happy to help. 

Call us on 0151 638 0909 to chat to one of the team, or get an online quote to find out more about our expert window and glazing installations.