Now that winter is here, it’s the ideal time to savor the cold weather. However, did you know that the winter weather can have adverse effects on windows, doors and even your roof? Here’s how.
During the cold winter months, ice or frost can build up near the cracks or gaps on your windows and doors and along on the frames. Once warm, moisture-rich air gets out of these openings, it will freeze once it comes into contact with cold air outside. Essentially, this will damage your windows and doors when you try to operate them since it will affect the weatherstripping, along with the hinges. Once these components fail, it won’t be possible to operate them properly, leaving your home with no sealing, causing air drafts, water leaks and inefficient energy usage.
The cold weather can wreak havoc on your hardware. The hinges, handles and latches of your door and windows can falter due to ice buildup. They can also suffer from damage due to the cold, making them difficult to operate. Aside from negatively impacting your home’s safety and privacy, it ultimately affects its energy efficiency.
Warping and Shrinking
Some windows and doors can’t handle excessive moisture since it will cause serious problems. For example, wooden doors and window frames will shrink in extreme cold and will warp when exposed to varying levels of moisture and rapid temperature changes. If you have wood doors and windows, make sure that they’re treated so that they can handle adverse weather conditions.
When you need a professional on siding and roof repair services, don’t hesitate to call BSR to get the job done right. We provide complimentary initial estimates to allow you to get to know us and learn about the potential costs associated with your upcoming job. Contact us at (607) 678-3611, or fill out our online form to get started. We serve clients in Ithaca, Vestal, Binghamton and the rest of New York.