How to Protect Your Doors from Winter
If you live in Ottawa, Kanata or surrounding areas, you know how tough winter can be. You also understand how important a strong and well-insulated door is for keeping the cold out of your home. Your doors stand between you and a lot of adverse conditions, and when they are performing properly, they can make a big difference in keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. It is important to take care of your door and ensure that it continues to work its best and stays in great shape for years to come.
Winter Door Maintenance Tips
It is easy to take your door for granted, until it stops working or insulating properly. Here are some ways to make sure your door stays in good condition and can handle the harsh weather every winter.
- Lubricate – Apply lubrication once or twice a year to reduce friction, especially on doors that are used frequently. The hinges and closers should have penetrating oil applied from the top so that it can reach the pin and housing. Dry graphite should be used on non-electronic lock mechanisms. This lubrication will also prevent freezing and should be done before the cold weather arrives.
- Remove Snow – When you take the time to shovel your driveway and walkways, be sure to give your door a little attention. Moulding, windows and doorknobs can be vulnerable to snow and ice buildup over time, and this can wear away at the finishing on your door. It also makes your home more difficult to heat. Simply brush away snow and try to gently remove ice after a major snowfall or storm.
- Adjust – Make adjustments when applying lubrication. Doors that do not close entirely or hit the door stop with a lot of force can be corrected by tightening the screws on hinges and closers. Removing gaps will help your home remain properly insulated and deter any rodents or pests from finding their way into your home.
- Energy-Efficient Doors – The best defense against cold temperatures and wet, freezing conditions is a properly installed, energy-efficient entry door. Comfort King has trained professionals who can properly fit and install a new front door to keep your home safe from the elements. Our team provides doors that are properly sealed and insulated, leaving you and your family more comfortable and keeping your energy bills down each month.
If you need new doors in Nepean, Kanata or Ottawa, Comfort King can help make your home more comfortable. Our door installations are fast, friendly and aesthetic. We offer a big selection of door styles to suit your budget and home. Whether you need doors or windows, we can help make your home more efficient, safe and beautiful.
Contact us online for more information about installing entry doors in your home. If you need entry doors in Ottawa, call us at (613) 526-4550. If you are in Orleans you can reach us at (613) 590-2502 to request a quote.