How does winter affect your doors and windows?

Harsh temperatures have an impact on your house: this includes the people as well as the objects inside. Not only is furniture subject to wear and tear from the sweltering heat and icy cold, but doors and windows also show the marks of time. If you live in a particularly cold region, they need to be checked carefully before winter begins to see if they are in good shape to brace months of snow and high winds. 

Here are the different issues you need to look out for:


During winter, your doors and windows tend to remain shut to keep out cold air. I f bitter wind from outside makes its way into the house, it could leave you susceptible to falling unwell or really feeling the cold which results in higher heating bills to compensate.  If windows are really old, they may not do the job of keeping out draughts very well.  The same goes for doors.  Years of use, slamming, and movement on hinges can compromise their structural integrity.  You may find gusts of wind sneaking in from the empty spaces on the sides.  This will result in a loss of energy if you have your heater cranked up.  If it snows, the melting water could start leaking into the house.  If this is the case, it is perhaps time to invest in a new one from an online door store.


Remember that science class when you learned that materials expand when the heat is applied and contract when they cool down.  The same principle applies to your home surfaces.  Windows and doors tend to shrink during winter if their frames aren’t sealed properly.  Later, when they assume their actual shape, the material may be warped, and it’s surface uneven.  Sealants can be applied to avoid this and keep out harsh weather elements.


Cold weather can compromise the functionality of doors and windows.  The hinges may need to be oiled time and time again because they get stuck.  Ice crystals can materialise on the frame, making it difficult to open windows.  Glass is also susceptible to breakage in case of extreme winds.  Prepare for winter by applying weather stripping to all openings including chimneys, built-in light fixtures, gaps and electricity boxes.


When warm air collides with a cold surface, condensation occurs.  It also happens when there’s excessive moisture inside the house, e.g. small droplets of water can be observed on the bathroom mirror after you’ve taken a hot shower.  This is frequent during winter.  After a particularly cold night, perspiration can be observed on the glass panes in windows and your entry door.  This can be avoided by heating the house evenly.  A central heating system is a good option.  Excessive humidity can be controlled by installing dehumidifiers.  If keeping a window open isn’t an option during a shower, you can simply wipe it off with a towel or glass cleaning sponge afterwards.


Cold weather also affects woodwork. I f you have a wooden door, it is subject to fungus and discolouration from weeks of rain, hail or snow.  The polish may crack and paint blisters form on the surface.  It is better not to choose wood for your main door and window frames unless you want to invest in a new polishing job every summer. 

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