Winterizing Oakville Windows And Doors
Winter season can be bitterly cold and full of snow, ice, and frigid winds. These harsh conditions can damage your Oakville windows and doors and home if you don’t properly prepare for the season.
Below is more on Oakville windows and doors installation, replacement, and repair services to help homeowners winterize to prevent issues.
- Inspect Windows And Doors
Thoroughly inspect all Oakville windows and doors in the fall before temperatures drop. Check for drafts, leaks, cracks, rotting, warping, and other problems that allow cold air inside. This is the best time for repairs or even full replacement if the damage is extensive.
Examine weatherstripping around windows and doors to ensure it still seals properly when closed. Replace any worn, cracked, or missing weatherstripping to maintain energy efficiency. Spraying foam sealant can also fix minor gaps and leaks.
- Caulk And Seal
Caulking and sealing gaps around windows, doors, pipe penetrations, vents, fixtures, and siding maintains indoor warmth. Prioritize draft-prone areas like corners, edges, and exterior cracks showing daylight.
Use high-quality paintable latex caulk rated for extreme cold. Take time filling joints between dissimilar materials and anchoring points typically vulnerable to shifting from freeze/thaw cycles.
Leave weep holes at the bottom of the window and door frames open so moisture can escape rather than pooling inside to prevent rot and mildew.
- Insulate Attics And Basements
Check attic hatches, knee walls, rim joints, and basement headers for adequate insulation coverage. Use unfaced batt or loose fill insulation specifically for confined spaces to reduce convective loops around electrical, plumbing, duct penetrations, and framing that contacts exterior walls.
Ensure insulation meets local energy code minimum R-value recommendations for your region and construction type.
- Install Storm Windows
Mounting plastic sheets or rigid panel storm windows over windows provides an extra barrier against cold winds when adding insulation isn’t feasible. The trapped dead air space between prime windows and secondary storm panes acts as insulation to reduce conduction through glass.
Storm windows also protect outdoor weatherstripping from premature UV and ozone degradation that can shrink seals. Check any weep holes at bottoms remain open so condensation runs off rather than pools on sills to cause water damage.
- Winterize Landscaping
Prune away dead branches or damaged limbs from trees and shrubs near your home that could fall from heavy snow loads. Trim back overhanging branches touching exterior walls.
Keep roof drains, downspouts, and grade slopes clear of debris so melting snow and ice can run off rather than pool. Check gutters and leaders for proper connections.
Cover exposed foundation walls around crawl spaces and leaks with plastic sheeting, install pipe heating tape, and insulate vents. This keeps foundations frost-protected.
- Reverse Ceiling Fans
Reversing the ceiling fan blade direction to run clockwise at low speed gently pushes rising warm air back down into the living space without creating a strong cooling draft. Make sure fan cages are dusted to promote airflow.
Turn off fans completely in unoccupied rooms so they don’t steal heat. Close floor and wall registers in unused bedrooms for similar reasons. Open southern window curtains or blinds on sunny winter days to utilize passive solar gains.
- Weatherproof Outdoor Faucets
Prevent exterior faucets and sprinkler systems from freezing and bursting by shutting off interior water valves and bleed lines. Detach all hoses. Install hose bib covers or foam insulators over spigots.
Insulate water meter boxes and consider heat cable wraps for exposed plumbing pipes vulnerable to freezing in unheated crawl spaces, garages, and attics.
- Service Heating Systems
Schedule professional annual heating system tune-ups before winter to ensure peak efficiency in cleaning dirty burners, filters, and flues for furnaces, boilers, fireplaces, stoves, and space heaters. This optimizes energy performance and indoor comfort.
Inspect fuel and water lines for leaks or corrosion needing repair. Check emergency heat functions properly if equipped. Replace air filters, run cleaning cycles, and test backup power components if installing generators.
Get chimneys swept to remove flammable buildup of creosote soot and bird nests. Ensure adequate combustion air supply and ventilation to prevent deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Stock Up On Supplies
Check weather emergency supplies like flashlights, batteries, first aid kits, non-perishable food, bottled water, and battery-powered radios in the event severe winter storms or outages hit.