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Modern windows and doors are often sealed with a strip of weatherproofing material, both to keep indoor air from leaking to the outside and outdoor air from getting into your interiors. This means that your air conditioning is more effective with a properly sealed window and door. However, these seals can break over years of normal wear and tear, which means air is now more freely flowing between your interiors and exteriors. This is known as a draft and is one of the biggest problems that homeowners face during winter months.
Drafts are more common in older windows and doors. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to minimize their effects and even stop them from occurring completely.
Identify Problem Areas
Drafts are wafts of cold air that squeeze through tiny cracks and breaks in your windows, the sashes and the frames. Check all openings inside your home, and determine which windows feel colder than the rest. This is likely where the draft is occurring. Take the time to check the edges of your doors as well to make sure that they are as air tight as possible.
Sealing the Cracks
There are effective V-seal weatherstripping materials available at your local handyman shop. You can use these to reinforce aging seals around the areas where the frame attaches your windows to the walls. For areas with angles and hard-to-reach corners, you can also use rope caulk to seal any damage. In a pinch, shrink wrap can also be used to serve as a temporary barrier that can stop drafts from occurring.
Contact the Pros
The most reliable way to address drafty doors and windows is to call in your local home remodeling contractor and replace all your aging fixtures. Drafts are a definite sign that you may be due for a replacement, and having a professional fix the issue right away can save you plenty of money and headaches in the future.
Get rid of draft problems with the help of our window specialists at Renewal by Andersen® of St. Louis. Give us a call at (314) 983-9977, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in St. Louis as well as other nearby areas.
"This was one of the best experiences I've ever had with a company. I ordered the windows in November and was told they wouldn't be here until July. That kind of delay the new norm so I wasn't a bit upset with the timeline. I was given an early present when they called to say the windows would be in at the beginning of May. We agreed on the week of May 16th to do the installation, there were 30 windows and a sliding door to install. They arrived promptly on their scheduled install date, and got straight to work. By the end of day one, they had all the upstairs windows complete and their work was incredible. Day two came with more of the same, the crew showed up promptly, got straight to work, and when they left they had every window downstairs installed. The third day they again arrived on-time, and got to work installing the door. The door and windows are perfectly installed. The two lads that did the installation did a phenomenal job, and were friendly to boot. I would give them more business if I had any :) The service I received from the company was great. They kept me abreast of anything that was going on with my order. I appreciate my concierge, Christina, she was good at communicating timelines and getting everything scheduled."
Jun 28, 2022
"The two installers were great! They were polite and hard working and they cleaned up all the outside and inside. It was like they were never here. As for the windows, I love them, not only looks great, they are efficient. Now every window in my home has Renewal by Anderson."
Jun 23, 2022
"We had the pleasure recently of having Andersen replace all of our windows. From the very first interaction with the office personnel through the completion of the project, they have been nothing but professional. From Brian our sales rep to Christina the appointment scheduler, they were a pleasure to interact with. Installers Keith, John, and Evan were fantastic to work with. They went above and beyond to repair an area which was slightly damaged during the removal of a window...caulked and painted it. They took extra precaution to ensure the floors were covered while working inside and cleaned up each day inside and out. We love the look of our new windows and can't wait to enjoy the savings in utilities they'll provide. Thanks so much Renewal by Andersen!!"