Weatherize Your Home for Winter
Winter is right around the corner, and thousands of Americans are preparing their homes for the possibility of yet another round with the polar vortex. Last year, the polar vortex plunged the country into phenomenally low temperatures, and many homes suffered from the extreme cold. While many choose to weatherize their homes in advance of cold weather, the upcoming 2014-2015 season only seems to be bringing colder weather much more quickly than in the past. In Nashville, the average temperature in December stays between 31 and 50 degrees.
One of the primary ways that heat, and consequently money, is lost during the winter involves drafty windows. Many people fail to ensure that their windows have a proper seal around the edges to keep the warm air in and the cold air out. In older model homes, window panes were manufactured for quick installation and, typically, the windows were single-pane windows.
While many choose to quickly caulk the perimeter of the interior and exterior of the windows, others find themselves looking for total window replacement. Replacing a window in total can take anywhere from an hour to all day. Choosing to hire a professional saves time, energy and frustration when installing or weatherizing windows.
Entries are the other primary means through which a large portion of heat escapes into the cold autumn and winter. Over time, door hinges lose strength, weather-stripping degrades, and the door frame itself becomes increasingly loose.
The options for weatherizing a door include total replacement, frame repair, or sealing the area surrounding the door. Many home-improvement stores provide options for making minor improvements, but the best work comes from trained professionals specializing in doors, windows and siding.
Weatherizing homes and even businesses can quickly translate to thousands of saved dollars during the colder months of the year. Although many seek out do-it-yourself remedies, the biggest return on investment comes from hiring professionals to assess and make the necessary improvements.
We are pleased to introduce Durante Exteriors to the community of Nashville. We understand the need to prepare for this year”s winter, and we are fully capable of replacing your older windows and repairing your current windows and doors. We can even create heat-efficient sunrooms to keep you fueled with Vitamin D, and we can quickly address any of your concerns including siding. Visit our site to see examples of our work. We look forward to helping you stay warm!