Preparing Your Patio Doors for Winter
The time has come to switch out your summer wardrobe for sweaters and long pants; pack up all of your patio furniture in the shed; and pull out your winter tires from storage. The best way to prepare for below-zero weather is to manage all of your winterizing tasks before the snow hits. This includes prepping your patio doors in Ottawa to prevent cold drafts from entering your home. Don’t be stuck taking care of home winter maintenance in hand-numbing weather. Instead, take action now to ensure uncompromising home comfort and energy savings before Mother Nature packs a punch.
A Few Tips to Prepare Your Patio Doors in Ottawa for Winter
1) Inspect your doors for air seepage
Your patio door is constantly exposed to harsh weather, UV rays and moisture, so it’s no surprise that over time, their sealing capabilities will diminish. Take time to check your patio door for drafts, and if you happen to find one, seal it with caulking or weather-stripping. If you are not sure how to check for air leaks, close all of the windows and doors in your home and light a candle by your patio door. If you notice that the candle flame is pulling in a certain direction, it’s highly likely there is a crack or gap in the edge of the door frame. Also, keep an eye out for any leaks around the latches and handles too. If they are loose, try tightening them with screws and/or washers or use clear caulk to cover the holes.
2) Clean the track
If you are having trouble opening and closing your door, it may be due to a build-up of dirt and dust that has accumulated on your door track. You can clean this debris with a shop vac and use a cleaning solution and toothbrush to clean whatever is left behind. This step can improve your door’s performance and increase its lifespan.
3) Consider replacing your patio door
It may be in your best interest to install a plastic film in front of your patio door if you do not use it often. This can help keep the drafts out. If you find that your DIY maintenance solutions are not making a difference, contact Comfort King Windows & Doors Ltd. to learn more about replacement patio doors. We have a great selection of energy efficient and durable doors that are designed to reduce maintenance tasks, keep your indoor space draft-free, and increase the resale value of your home.
Enjoy a longer life for your patio doors by helping them through the cold winter months. Contact the experts at Comfort King to learn more about maintaining or replacing your patio doors. Our high quality patio doors are well-constructed to deliver energy savings and the best thermal performance. With over 100,000 window and door installations in Ottawa since 1976, you can have peace of mind knowing that our experts are fully knowledgeable and qualified to take on your installation project. We are always willing and ready to answer any questions or concerns you may have about patio doors and windows.