There’s a lot to like about winter. However, as a homeowner, there are many things you should also be wary of during the season. The cold can affect your property, especially its exterior components. Aside from your roofing and siding, your doors and windows also has to withstand full brunt of what the cold weather has to bring.
Here’s what the cold can do to them:
- Can Cause Warping and Shrinking
Humidity and cold temperatures can lead to warping and shrinking. This eventually gives rise to issues with structural integrity, compromising doors and windows.
- Can Lead to Ice Formation
When the temperature drops, moisture-rich air freezes, resulting in ice formation in the open spaces between doors and windows. This makes doors and windows difficult to operate, with some units completely freezing in place.
- Can Result in Hardware Failure
Doors and windows feature hardware like hinges, handles and latches that are prone to cold-weather stress. This means hardware can easily get jammed or damaged.
What You Can Do
There’s no getting around the damage that cold weather can bring, unless you move to a warmer state. Fortunately, it’s possible to winterize your home and dampen the effects of cold weather on your doors and windows. However, you also have to be mindful of doors and windows being at the end of their service life. The older they are, the likelier they are to incur cold-weather damage so do consider door or window replacement when necessary.
Roof Masters is your leading choice for quality roofing, door and window products and services. To learn more about what we can do for you, simply give us a call at (888) 889-7551, or fill out our contact form. Schedule your FREE estimate today! We serve Beltsville, MD, and the surrounding communities.