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Regular Check-Up and Maintenance on Your Windows and Doors in Des Moines, IA

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When you first purchase a home, you do a pretty detailed walk through of the home to make certain 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 close eye.

Now that the colder weather is gone in Des Moines, take some time to stroll through your home and look at your windows and doors to check for any potential maintenance issues. It’s fast, easy and it could save you money by catching areas that require maintenance.

Read through some tips from Pella in Des Moines 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 need to refinish the unit.

  • Look at exterior surfaces – Condensation and water penetration can cause cracking, deteriorated wood or other damage. Keep an eye out 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 find out what’s causing the concern. Discolored wood around a window might be caused by a leak some distance away. In the case of roof leaks, sometimes the water can 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 stack up in your window sills. Open the windows and clean out the tracks with a soft brush. This should also be done on 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 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 exchange 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 operating properly.

  • Look at caulking and sealants – Rain, water and extreme sunlight can be tough on exterior sealants and caulking. Remove any damaged material around your doors and windows and reapply sealant.

If you see any signs of concerns with your home’s windows or doors, or you want to chat with a professional, call 515-219-7723 to speak with a Pella representative or visit the showroom in Des Moines.