How Weather affects your Windows and Doors

Windows, doors, and weather have an interesting relationship. Your windows and doors are made to insulate your home from the weather while allowing you access to the outside so they’re built to endure even the worst conditions. On the flipside, inclement weather will definitely wear down your windows and doors over time. We’re going to take a look at how the weather can affect your windows and doors, breaking it down into a few different types of weather:

 

Sun

 

The main effect the sun will have is on the paint on your door and window frames. Over time, the UV rays from the sun will cause paint to dry and deteriorate. This causes the colour to become washed out – more importantly, it causes the protection afforded by the paint to become weaker. With that protection gone, your doors and windows can be more susceptible to the weather we’re going to talk about next, so it’s important to repaint regularly. You probably won’t have to do it yearly, but once every few years can be a good idea depending on the quality of paint used, as well as the weather you’ve been getting.

 

Wind

 

Wind alone won’t cause your windows or doors to break unless it’s tornado season, something we here in Winnipeg are fortunately not accustomed to. On the other hand, when the weather stripping on your doors and windows is worn out, wind can whip through and create a draft in your house. The impact of the wind can also make the weather stripping deteriorate even more quickly. Don’t hesitate to replace old weather stripping; it’s a pretty easy DIY project.

 

Rain

 

When you have wooden frames, rain can be a problem, especially if your protective layer of paint has worn off. Over time, rain can seep into the wood, causing rot and this rot allows more rain to seep through and encourages fungal growth. When the rot causes cracks in the wood, rain can enter and freeze in the winter, expanding and doing more damage. You should be cautious of and repair any cracks in your frames.  Luckily, we provide professional window replacements in Winnipeg if things get so bad that you need a new window. 

 

Snow

 

Ah, snow, the rain of the winter (I know no one calls it that, but bear with me). A lot of the problems that we see with rain are there with snow too, but with an added chilly element. When it gets cold, moisture that gets into cracks can freeze, causing the problems that we described before, as well as potentially damaging to your weather stripping as well. Rapid differences in temperature can also cause your frames to expand and contract, and your hardware to wear out. Try to clear snow away from your windows and doors, especially if you have basement egress windows that could get blocked by all that white stuff.