The shine hasn’t worn off the brand-new replacement windows you installed this summer, but you definitely want to protect your investment through the fall and winter months.
Hurricane season is in full swing, and heavy rain, ice and early snow can cause downed trees and branches that can wreak havoc on your Harrisburg replacement windows.
Don’t worry! We have a few tips to help you protect your windows for seasons to come.
Trim Those Trees
The biggest risk to your Harrisburg replacement windows is rogue branches. Now is the time to trim and prune away any tree limbs and bushes that are hanging precariously close to your home. Experts advise trimming after the leaves have fallen to avoid putting trees at risk for disease. It’s especially important to trim back or cut down any dead trees, as they will be the ones most likely to fall in storms.
Check Your Roof
With high winds and heavy rain, loose shingles can become a major problem for homeowners. Not only do damaged shingles increase your chances of a leaky roof, but they can also damage your windows, doors and siding if they come off. By using roofing cement, you can easily swap in replacement shingles before you have a big problem on your hands. Or, if the majority of your roof is covered in buckling, curled shingles, it’s better to get it completely replaced now instead of hoping it makes it through another harsh Pennsylvania winter.
Clean Your Harrisburg Replacement Windows
Even if you’ve only had your replacement windows for a few months, you might have noticed a build-up of dirt and grime — especially if you live in a heavily-trafficked area. Once winter sets in, any water you put on your windows would turn to ice immediately, making them impossible to wash. Clean your windows now before temperatures dip below freezing so you don’t have to hire a professional.
Don’t Forget Your Gutters
Autumn in Harrisburg means bright, beautiful leaves. But those leaves eventually fall and can cause a mess in your gutters and downspouts. Make sure those areas remain free of debris. If blocked, water can back up and freeze in cold temperatures. If those gutters get too heavy, they could potentially break off and fall right through your replacement windows.
Insulate Your Windows
If you weren’t able to install replacement windows throughout your entire home, it’s important to get your old windows ready for cooler temperatures. Put up storm windows if you have them, or consider using energy film or a window insulation kit. You can also use caulk, weather stripping, or draft stoppers to keep cold air out and your heat inside where it belongs. Heavy drapes will also keep your home cozy and block the harsh UV rays from the winter sun.
The fall and winter weather can carry some harsh elements, so protect your windows to ensure you stay warm and clean all season long.