Winter in the Canadian northwest brings its share of challenges for homeowners. One of the primary concerns during this season is the impact of cold weather on windows and doors. By staying vigilant and addressing the following five common issues, you can enjoy a cozy and worry-free winter season.
1. Frost and condensation
Winter weather causes a stark temperature difference between indoors and outdoors. This contrast can cause condensation on glass panes, which can turn to frost. Over time, this frost buildup can damage seals and frames, reducing the insulation in your windows and doors. Prevent icy buildup by regularly wiping away condensation and frost. If the problem is severe, consider upgrading to energy-efficient windows with better insulative properties.
2. Drafts and energy loss
If your windows and doors aren’t properly sealed or insulated, cold air can infiltrate your home, forcing your heating system to work overtime. This results in higher energy bills and an uncomfortable living environment. Check for drafts around windows and doors and seal any gaps with weather stripping or caulking. If your windows and doors are old and inefficient, consider a window and door replacement to improve energy efficiency.
Extreme temperature fluctuations and exposure to moisture can cause metal and wood windows to warp and bend. A warped window isn’t very energy efficient, and a warped door may stick or fail to close properly. The worst part is that you can’t repair warped windows and doors. So, if you notice warping, consider a window replacement with durable vinyl windows.
4. Cracked or broken glass
Glass can become brittle in extreme cold, and it may crack or shatter, posing a safety risk and compromising your home's security and insulation. If you notice cracks or broken glass, prioritize window repair or replacement. Opt for tempered or laminated glass, which is more resistant to shattering.
5. Frozen locks and hardware
Sub-zero temperatures can cause locks and hardware to freeze, making it challenging to operate your doors and windows. Lubricate locks and hinges with a silicone- or Teflon-based lubricant to prevent freezing. Consider investing in heated entryways or sheltered doorways to minimize your exterior doors’ exposure to extreme cold.
Window and Door Repair and Replacement across Northwest Canada
If you’re considering a window or door replacement, the installers at All-West Glass are ready for the task. We carry some of the most energy-efficient products in Canada, and you can count on our professional installation services to get the job done efficiently and cleanly. Contact us today to learn more about replacing the windows and doors in your home. We have 18 locations serving Northwest Canada, including Edmonton, Dawson Creek, Prince George, Yellowknife and Whitehorse.