Save Your Home from the Elements

When it's pouring rain outside or when the summer heat becomes too much, your home provides protection and sanctuary with its sturdy construction and perfectly regulated temperature.

But what are you doing to keep your home safe from harsh weather conditions?

Weatherproofing your home has a number of advantages: aside from preventing serious damage and reducing the amount of wear and tear your house endures, you'll save money on your energy bills, block out bothersome pests, and keep yourself and your family even more comfortable. Try the tips below from us at Sunrise Windows to prepare your doors, windows, and attic for any season.

Preparing Your Doors

When weatherproofing your home, start by making sure that your doors are only letting in your family and cheerful guests, not unwelcome weather conditions.

1. Caulking:
Caulk is a useful material to have on hand; as soon as you find any small hole or crack along the trim around your door, you can fill the space in quickly to seal out air and even pests. If you find a larger opening, try using foam insulation instead.

2. Weather stripping and draft stoppers:
You can't keep everyone from coming in or out of your front door, but you can keep the door completely sealed once it's closed. Weather stripping of all types-vinyl, felt, reinforced foam, tape-is often inexpensive and easy to install. The biggest trouble area will be the space under your door: if you do not have a door shoe, sweep, or threshold installed, purchase a draft stopper (or make your own) to place under the door.

Preparing Your Windows

Use these window treatments and repair options to let in the light-while still keeping the elements out.

1. Weather stripping:
This DIY option can be used on your windows as well as your doors. Use a tension seal, also known as a "V strip" because it folds into a V shape, inside the track of a sliding or double-hung window. Use felt weather stripping around the window. Apply foam tape at the top or bottom of window sashes. Look for a weather stripping kit if you'd like additional help.

2. Caulking:
Look for any openings around your windows and fill them in. If the caulking around your window is brittle or has come loose, reapply.

3. Replacement windows:
Sometimes, weather stripping or caulking won't be enough to make your home energy efficient or block out extreme weather. You may need to replace a pane or your entire window if:

  • You have older, single-pane windows. While appropriate for a garage or shed, this type of window is not the ideal choice for your home because it does not insulate as well, let's in more noise, and is more likely to freeze and break.
  • You feel a draft around the window. Although you might be able to repair any openings, windows will start to wear out when they get older and allow more air in. Check for hot or cold spots on the window as well.
  • You notice condensation inside the glass of a double- or triple-pane window. Condensation means that the seal between your home and the weather outside has broken.
  • You find a crack or realize that your windows leak water. Again, if there's any chance of weather conditions entering your home and you can't repair the damage, you need to replace your window.

Preparing Your Attic

Because heat rises, a lot of the warmth you want to keep in your house escapes through your roof. Take back control of the temperature by sealing up or adding insulation to your attic.

1. Attic stair cover:
Air could be escaping through the attic in a number of places, including your entry to the attic. If you have a staircase leading to a finished attic, buy an attic stair cover to block the draft.

2. Sealing:
In many residences, the attic is used to conceal wires, pipes, and other systems that make your home function. And in order to run the pipes, wires, etc. through the attic, contractors leave holes in the walls and floor, creating places for air to leak through. Sealing your attic is a more complicated project, so make sure to find detailed instructions or call a contractor to help with the job.

3. Insulation:
Even if you don't need to seal your attic, add insulation to your unfinished attic. You'll see big returns on this investment when your energy bills drop.

You don't have to stop at these suggestions; there are simple fixes all around your home, such as installing a programmable thermostat, to help you deal with the change in seasons.

Do your home a favor and start weatherproofing today!
For more tips, be sure to contact our knowledgeable team at Sunrise Windows

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