Important steps to take to winterize your windows

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As the temperatures drop and winter settles in, it's important to make sure your home is up to the challenge of harsher weather. You've probably read articles about winterizing your home, but a major component of making sure your home is ready for the season is to ensure that your windows are properly winterized. Take a look at what it takes to prepare your windows for the coldest season.

"Inspect caulking regularly to prevent drafts and moisture leaks."

Re-caulk window sills
The caulking around window frames and sills helps keep out drafts and moisture. However, this material wears down and cracks after several years. It's important to inspect caulking regularly so you are able to spot areas that need attention before they lead to bigger problems. Remember, before you put down new caulk, be sure to remove the old caulking.

Utilize weatherstripping
Weatherstripping acts as an additional layer of insulation for your windows. Most weatherstripping is installed at the sash of the window, otherwise known as the part that opens and closes. Some of the most popular types of weatherstripping include: foam with an adhesive backing, felt and a spring V-seal.

Install window insulation
Most hardware stores sell window insulation kits that you can install to add extra protection from the elements. Many of these kits work by placing shrink wrapped plastic over windows to prevent cold air from penetrating a home's interior. These kits are a cost-friendly option, but they may not completely insulate your windows. 

Winterizing your windows can help keep your home warmer this winter.
Winterizing your windows can help keep your home warmer this winter.

Replace your windows
Drafts and moisture leaks may be a sign that you should make the investment in replacement windows. Examine all your home's windows for cracks, warping and other damage. Any of these could allow cold air to infiltrate your home this winter. If you notice that your windows aren't up to standard, contact a home improvement specialist and set up a time to install new windows. 

Winter is a hard season, especially in the Northeast. The cold temperatures and harsh winds should stay outside where they belong, and winterizing your windows can help with this. Additionally, because your windows are an important factor in keeping your home properly insulated, it's vital that you check them for damage and replace them as needed. Consult a contractor if you have any questions. 

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