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Regular Check-Up and Maintenance on Your Windows and Doors in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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When you first purchase a home, you complete a pretty in-depth walk through of the home to make sure everything is in good condition. Depending on when you moved in, it may have been a little while since you checked out your home with that same eagle eye.

Now that the colder weather is over in Baton Rouge, take some time to walk through your home and examine your windows and doors to check for any potential maintenance problems. It’s fast, easy and it might save you money by finding areas that require maintenance.

Here are some tips from Pella in Baton Rouge 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 presentable condition? Flaking and peeling are signs that you may need to refinish the surface.

  • Look at exterior surfaces – Condensation and water penetration can mean cracking, deteriorated wood or other damage. Look for signs of moisture. You should also check the walls, floors and ceilings for discoloration.

  • Find the source of any problems – If you see any discoloration or signs of moisture; try to find out what’s causing the problem. Discolored wood around a window can 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 build 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 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 take its toll. Look for any loose strips that need to be reattached or replace sections that are torn.

  • Check locking mechanisms – Locks not only keep people out of your home, but they also help make sure 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 rough 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 pro, call (225) 217-2592 to speak with a Pella representative or visit the showroom in Baton Rouge.