At the risk of stating the obvious, your windows are all that stands between you and a windy, wet time in bad weather. When the storms come, you’ll be glad you took some simple steps to prepare your windows and doors to make sure they stay completely sealed.
Window and door maintenance
- Make sure the tracks of your windows and doors are clean. (Get all the debris and dirt out.)
- Make sure the seals or vinyl on your windows and doors is in place and looking healthy
- If you have weather strips, make sure they are working as designed
- Check the weather pile in your windows hasn’t been worn away — it’s also called “mohair”, which should give you some idea of what you’re looking for. (Mohair is what stops the irritating whistle that happens when wind can get through gaps in your windows)
Things that might break your windows
Now your windows are in good order, you definitely don’t want anything to break them.
* Store loose furniture and anything else that could take flight in a storm away from your windows
* Trim branches that might pose a danger to your windows. (Call the power company if there are branches threatening power lines.)
If your windows or doors leaked during a storm, take pictures. They’ll help us make recommendations for remedial work.
Our Storm Season Checklist
√ Ensure that the tracks of your windows and doors are clean and cleared of all debris and dirt.
√ Make sure that the seals or vinyl on your windows and doors is in place.
√ If you have weather strips make sure they are working as designed.
√ Windows and doors have a weather pile inserted as part of their manufacture – this can also be referred to as mohair. It is designed to stop the wind and whistle in your windows. Make sure yours is still there and has not be worn away.*
√ Store loose furniture and knickknacks away from windows.
√ Ensure that there is an emergency kit handy and it is updated.
√ Establish a safe area/muster area somewhere in the home. It would be best if the chosen location does not have windows or glass doors.
√ Have emergency food supplies for each member of the household enough for at least two to three days. These foods should not require cooking so include canned and dry foods.
√ Ensure that there are extra batteries, flashlights, candles, water, toiletries, matches, lighter, propane, et cetera as part of your emergency kit.
√ Secure all outdoor fixtures and furniture that could potentially become airborne in a storm.
√ If there is a generator at your disposal, ensure that there is more than enough fuel and it is in good working order.
√ Trim all overhanging branches so that they do not pose a danger to the roof, windows, et cetera. Contact the power company to remove branches near power lines.
√ Mend any windows or doors that are not currently in good repair.
*If you are uncertain about your mohair – check out our YouTube video to know what it is – measure it and then call us us and we will complete your transaction and post it to you right away.
If you did find your windows and doors leaked during a storm event, take pictures this will help with any recommendations for remedial works.
Stay safe this season from the entire team at Central Glass and Aluminium.