You know how every year you change your air filter or check your smoke detector? Well, did you know you should be checking your windows every year as well?
Giving your windows a quick checkup once a year will help ensure they continue to perform as beautifully as the day they were installed. And it won’t take you much time to do.
What’s the reveal? Good question!
Open up your window so that there is a quarter of an inch gap (or so). This gap is the “reveal.” You want to make sure that reveal is even across the bottom of your window.
There are two places you will want to check the weather-stripping.
First, check along the sides of your window sash where the sash meets the window frame. Is the weather-stripping even? If so, then you’re good to go.
Second, check the weather-stripping on the inside of your window sash. To do this you’ll need to tilt in the window sash.
Follow the weather-stripping around the inside of the sash. Is it all there? Is it all intact? If not, you can purchase replacement weather-stripping at any major hardware store.
All Simonton windows come with four pre-drilled holes in the window frame. Open your window sash, look inside the track of the window frame, and make sure those holes are filled.
If not, you can fill them with 100% silicone that can be found at any major hardware store.
On the outside of your home make sure the sealant is intact and not compromised in any way.
For more tips on maintaining your windows watch How to Weatherize Your Windows.