Home Window Care During Winter

Preparing your home for winter is a key aspect of home ownership for Calgary residents. During the coldest months of the year, temperatures regularly dip below freezing. Completing window glass repairs and other window maintenance tasks before the first cold snap takes place ensures you’ll stay warm and save energy all winter long. Glass Doctor® of Calgary offers comprehensive window glass repair, replacement, and maintenance services to assist with this process.

Replace old and broken windows

Cracked, chipped and broken glass and frames compromise the safety and general appearance of the home. Depending on the extent of the damage, they may also let in chilly drafts. Window damage often occurs at the most inconvenient time, which means a crack may not occur until the first hard freeze of the winter. Glass Doctor of Calgary has an experienced team of specialists who offer upfront pricing and use industry best practices to respond to window glass repair requests quickly and professionally.

If your windows are 15-20 years old, consider replacing them before winter. New double pane windows are more energy efficient than their older single pane counterparts. Double pane windows also curb outside noise and shield the house from harmful UVA and UVB rays, extending the life of carpeting, furniture, window treatments and artwork.

Ensure double pane windows are sealed properly

When condensation forms between your glass panes, most likely the double pane window has a broken seal. Extra moisture builds between the panes, giving the window a foggy appearance. Broken seals make your home less attractive and less comfortable. Replacing the panes as opposed to the entire window is much quicker and less expensive. Glass Doctor of Calgary glass professionals are well versed in switching out double panes for Calgary homeowners.

Inspect, clean, and maintain windows periodically

Over the course of a year, windows need regular maintenance to remain in top condition. Before the start of a new season, inspect the window frame and sash, checking for indications of rot, which may point to moisture infiltration. Wipe down wood windows with a damp cloth. Wipe down aluminum- and vinyl-framed windows with a mild detergent and soft scrubbing brush. Clean the panes with a soft cloth and glass cleaner. Don’t forget to clean the window casing and adjacent wall area as well to minimize dirt and debris build-up in the window.

For windows with weather stripping, assess its condition during routine maintenance. If the stripping has worn out, replace it in a timely fashion. Look for gaps between the wall and window casing. Fill in any gaps with a latex caulk. Metal and wood frames also require re-painting every three or four years to shield them from the natural elements and keep them looking fresh and clean.

Glass Doctor of Calgary offers a wide range of window glass repair and other glass services for Calgary homeowners. To schedule a free estimate or learn more about our services, fill out our online request form or call 403-366-1276.