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Reliable Windows and Doors are Crucial for the Winter

Imagine leaving a cabin unattended in the woods for a whole winter. What do you think would happen to it? The cold and snow of the winter months leaves a definite impression on a house that gets regular use, so a neglected cabin will suffer some damage. When you neglect the important process of winterizing your home, you expose yourself to all sorts of issues that lead to energy loss and even possibly structural damage. 

Winterizing your home is important for all Canadians, especially those who live in areas with unpredictable, cold winters. You don’t have to live in a cabin out in the woods for the realities of winter to affect your home’s infrastructure and your heating bills. After all, homes that don’t get the right winter attention can experience issues with:

  1. Plumbing
  2. Rust and Mold
  3. Flooring
  4. Windows and Doors

One of the main concerns about winter damage to a home is the plumbing. Even homes with good insulation can have issues with frozen or burst pipes. One thing you can do to prepare for the winter is to wrap your pipes in unheated locations. Some parts of your home like the garage or a crawl space might not get heat but they still have pipes running through them. You can use pipe wrap, foam insulation, or even heat tape.

 

You Need to Regulate Your Home

Aside from issues with plumbing, a home that doesn’t keep its temperature and humidity moderated during the winter can also see some damage to your otherwise durable hardwood flooring. Fluctuations in the temperature and humidity can cause wooden floor boards to expand, contract, warp, buckle, twist, and bubble.

This article will outline some of the ways you can prepare your home for winter in order to prevent damage to your home. Since insulation is so important during the winter, you should think about the state of your own windows and doors as you continue reading. As you go on, ask yourself if you recognize any of the symptoms of a winter-vulnerable home. With the right attention, weak spots in your home such as external entryways can be repaired or replaced (when you look to an expert window and door manufacturer and installer) so you don’t have to spend your winter months worrying about disaster striking at any moment.  

 

Southern Ontario Winters & Homes

For those living in London, Ontario, the winter months means taking extra care to maintain your home, car, and property. There are important tasks you have to accomplish to make sure your home is ready for the cold so you don’t get caught off guard by burst pipes or an unexpectedly high gas bill.

But the winter shouldn’t be all work and no play. London offers plenty of gorgeous natural areas where you can take in winter scenery or go for a cross-country ski. So how do you rest easy knowing home can handle the cold? To keep winter from getting you (or your home) down, you need to know where to go for replacement window and door installation services in London ON that will be efficient at keeping out the cold and keeping in the warmth.

And what about other cities in the province? For example, Kitchener’s housing varies in age and style. There’s the newer suburban area of Huron Park and Brigadoon, the area between the Expressway and the Grand River known as Chicopee, Pioneer Tower, Downtown Kitchener and Bridgeport, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Waterloo Region.

The style and characteristics of these homes change by area so when it comes to a major revitalization like a window and door installation, Kitchener residents need variety. No matter the style of your home, you can visit our Golden Windows Kitchener showroom to find windows and doors that will fit your home and improve its energy efficiency, too.

When you are ready to hire a window and door installer in Southern Ontario, you can rest assured knowing that Golden Windows is ready to give you a helping hand to install energy efficient and winter ready windows in your home.

 

Avoid Water Damage

If you don’t take certain steps to prepare your home for the snow and ice of the winter months, you could be setting yourself up for some water damage. Your gutters and downspouts in particular need some attention for two major reasons: water that spills over the sides of clogged gutters can damage the siding and foundation of your home, and when pools of water in the gutters freeze it can cause roof damage. It is very important to maintain your gutters in Spring and Fall to ensure that you don’t run into any issues.  

 

Windows That Reduce Heat Loss

Installing energy efficient windows are extremely important to control the temperature throughout your home. With the many advances in window manufacturing, one of the best ways to insulate your home is to invest in argon gas which gets injected between your window panes during the manufacturing process. Argon gas will reduce heat movement and eliminate energy loss.

Heat loss occurs when warm air escapes from inside the building to the outside, usually through windows, flooring, walls and roof. A home with high heat loss ends up costing more money in energy bills, not to mention the negative environmental effects for wasting energy. The three major ways to reduce heat loss are:

  1. Reduce any air leakage (through external entryways)
  2. Use efficient heating methods to reduce your energy consumption
  3. Improve the insulation of your property

What would seem like a minor detail regarding your home’s insulation can have a large consequence on how cold air passes through your house (and how heat gets out). For example, for a 36-inch wide exterior door, so much of a 1/8-inch gap between the door and the floor will let in the same amount of cold air as a 2.4-inch diameter hole punched in your wall. Small improvements can make a huge difference.  

 

Prevent Drafts

If your home has old windows that are causing drafts, you need to replace them with energy-efficient windows. As top providers of reliable and energy efficient windows, we invite you to our London Ontario showroom to see what models would fit best in your home. As you consider your options, there are still things you can do to insulate your windows. You can apply any of the helpful (but short-term) solutions out there like widow film or rubber weather stripping to keep drafts out.

Take the time to explore how your home stands up to the cold, especially your windows and doors. If you don’t prepare for the winter, you might have to put time and money towards repairs where simple preventative measures could have worked. 

DIY Winterize

Never neglect the importance of having the right infrastructure in your home in order to stand up to the elements. You need to have reliable windows and doors to insulate and protect your home from cold weather, precipitation, and even intruders. But just like you get ready for a winter day by putting on a hat, gloves, coat, boots, and scarf, you can also dress your house for the winter, so to speak.

To keep your electricity or gas bill from spiking tremendously with all the extra effort to keep your house warm, there are some steps you can take to winterize your home. You can prepare for the winter by increasing the amount of insulation in your attic, applying weather-stripping for drafty windows and doors, cleaning your rain gutters, and protecting your pipes.

Don’t worry if you’re not an expert handyman, many of the steps you can take to prepare your house for the winter months don’t require years of expertise. With the right amount of foresight, you can start to winterize your home in the summer as a means to beat the cold and as a way to stay comfortable since activities like clearing out the eavestrough are less than ideal in temperatures below zero.

 

Indoor Warmth: Tips and Tricks with Appliances

You can improve your home’s winter-resiliency by turning down your water heater. This might not sound like a super bright idea considering it’s the winter and most of us enjoy a hot shower, but the truth is that most households don’t need the amount of steam that showers tend to generate. When you turn down your water heater you are reducing your home’s energy consumption and reducing the amount of harmful indoor humidity.

Rooms in your home with ceiling fans can be run backwards to produce a cooling breeze. Many ceiling units come with a switch to reverse the direction in which that the blades spin. Here’s a tip: counterclockwise spinning creates a cooling effect while clockwise makes the air warmer. The air that collects near the ceiling (hot air rises) gets circulated back into the living space. This simple trick can end up cutting your heating costs by as much as 10%.


Can Your Windows Handle the Cold?

Single-pane windows are particularly vulnerable to the cold, moisture, and eventual frame and wall damage. If your windows are single-paned then it’s time to consider installing double-paned windows. Double-paned windows are energy efficient and great insulators as well as a worthwhile investment. What’s more, you can choose to have Argon Gas injected between the panes for extra insulation.

If you have storm windows, then you should aim to have them installed every year before winter comes around. Not everyone has storm windows and maybe you’re installing your new double-paned windows in bits and pieces (say, kitchen first, and in a few months the living room). In that case, there is a DIY solution that can offer some temporary winterization: adhere window plastic wrap to the glass.

The plastic acts as a buffer against drafts and the extra air space between the plastic and the glass acts as a nice added insulator for your home’s heat. If you find yourself relying too heavily on the plastic and your windows are old, then it’s time to consider investing in a new set of efficient windows. Not only will you take a step towards reducing the 25% of house heat loss that inefficient windows and doors cause, you’re also making a valuable investment in your home’s curb appeal and resale value.

 

Efficient Windows

Here are some of the key qualities for what makes an window energy efficient:

  • Low-emissivity (low-E) glass
  • Argon gas inserted in the sealed unit (between panes)
  • Air tightness and seal
  • Double or triple glazing
  • Insulated sashes and frames

An inspection from a window and door professional can reveal any serious problems with your window’s glazing or sash so you can make an informed decision on whether you need to replace your windows.

 

The Final Word

No one wants to get hit with a nasty winter surprise like a burst pipe, rotten window frame, or a heart-stopping electric bill. Winterizing your home is essential and not as difficult as it may seem. The best thing you can do when you’re dealing with leaky windows and ill-fitting doors is to arrange for a replacement. The professionals can guide you through the best solution for you and you can rest assured knowing that you’re making an investment that will prove its worth year after year.

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