Harsh weather conditions and considerable temperature fluctuations can adversely affect the long-term health and performance of your home’s windows and doors, leading to their early deterioration. Winter weather, in particular, has an undeniable impact on them, manifesting signs of damage that could compromise their appearance and functionality.
Today, STL Windows Direct, your local source of high-quality replacement windows and doors, explains how cold weather affects windows and doors.
Shrinking and Warping
The wooden components of windows and doors are susceptible to shrinking when exposed to frigid temperatures. With higher levels of humidity, they can begin to warp or bow. That’s why this material needs to be painted and stained frequently to preserve its natural appearance. Vinyl and aluminum, meanwhile, are less likely to experience extreme distortion under the same conditions, making them great window alternatives.
Winter weather also allows ice to form in the open spaces between doors and windows. Warm, moist air entering through these gaps begin to freeze upon contact with the outside air, making it hard to open and close the windows or doors without causing cracks on the weatherstripping.
It is often considered a natural occurrence, especially during the winter months. In fact, it is a sign that the windows are functioning properly and are contributing to your home’s energy efficiency. A great way to minimize condensation on your windows is to reduce indoor humidity levels. Apart from using a dehumidifier, installing an exhaust fan in the kitchen and bathroom allows moist air to escape. If, however, the fog appears in between the glass panes, consider having your windows replaced.
STL Windows Direct is the leading contractor for your window replacement needs. Our Smart 365 Innovations window system is a great choice because it can withstand the unpredictable local weather. Call us today at (314) 627-0805 or fill out our contact form to learn more about our windows and doors. You may also fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.