Spring has finally sprung, which means that blustery days and sudden thunderstorms are right around the corner. Spring showers can be quite calming, but they can also wreak havoc on your house. To keep your family warm and dry all season long, it’s important that your doors and windows are all properly insulated before the first big storms hit. Insulating windows is a fairly easy process that requires only a few simple tools, all of which you can generally find at your local hardware store. Below are the basic steps for how to insulate windows and protect your home against springtime storms.
Prep the window
As with any type of home renovation, the first thing you’ll need to do is prepare the construction site. This sounds a bit more involved than it actually is. Start by thoroughly cleaning the window and the surrounding area. This includes the inside and outside of the window as well as the top and bottom of the window frame. When cleaning the window, be sure to look for any signs of damage. Small cracks or signs of minimal water damage aren’t cause for immediate concern, and you can generally repair them quite easily. However, if you notice extensive damage to the window frame or the area surrounding the window, the insulation process may be a bit more difficult. If the window is pulling away from the house or seriously damaged, it may be in your best interest to replace the window entirely rather than attempt to insulate the existing window. For custom-made replacement windows in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas, contact our team at The Window Source of the Rockies today.
Caulk the window
Caulking is the easiest way to insulate a window. Begin by stripping the window of any old caulk. You can do this quite easily using a putty knife and a damp rag. Once you’ve cleared away the old caulk and cleaned the window again of any remaining chips, you can begin to apply a new layer caulk. The easiest and cleanest way to apply caulk is with a manual caulking gun. This tool gives you the most control over where you apply the caulk and how quickly you deposit it. It’s best to begin this process early in the day. Caulk can take several hours to dry, depending on the type you use, so give yourself a full day to complete the process.
You’ll also want to choose a fair weather day to caulk your windows. Storms, humidity, and extremely warm or cold weather can affect the rate at which the caulk dries, and it may affect the integrity of the insulation in the long run. If you’re severely pressed for time, consider choosing a quick-hardening caulk instead. Silicone-based caulk is best for windows, though you may consider a paint-quality caulk instead if you intend to paint over the caulk at a later date.