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Regular Check-Up and Maintenance on Your Windows and Doors in Champaign, IL

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When you first purchase a home, you complete a pretty detailed walk through of the home to ensure everything is in good condition. Depending on when you moved in, it could have been a little bit since you looked at your home with that same eagle eye.

Now that the colder weather has passed in Champaign, take some time to go through your home and examine your windows and doors to check for any possible maintenance issues. It’s simple, easy and it might save you money by catching areas that necessitate maintenance.

Here are some tips from Pella in Champaign 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 want to refinish the unit.

  • Look at exterior surfaces – Condensation and water penetration can mean cracking, deteriorated wood or other damage. Check 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 discover what’s causing the problem. Discolored wood around a window could 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 accumulate in your window sills. Open the windows and clean out the tracks with a soft brush. You should also do this with your patio doors. Debris can decrease the performance of your windows by allowing air to enter the home.

  • Open and close windows to check on sliding – If it feels like your windows are sliding unevenly 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 troublesome. 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 working 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 problems with your home’s windows or doors, or you want to speak with an expert, call 217-356-6474 to speak with a Pella representative or visit the showroom in Champaign.