Winter is just around the corner, and now is the ideal time to get your home ready for the coldest season of the year. If you want to keep your home warm, cosy and damage free during the colder months, preparing your property in advance is essential. At SRJ Windows, we are window and door specialists, and our experts are here to share their top tips on how to best prepare your home for Winter.
Replace Underperforming Windows & Doors
Windows and doors aren’t built to last forever, over time frames can deteriorate, and weather protection can diminish. Timber windows and doors can rot and lose their shape after many years of weather exposure. To ensure your home is receiving the best protection from the natural elements, take some time to inspect your windows and doors and look out for any damage.
While certain issues can be repaired, often the best thing to do with outdated windows is to replace them with more durable and weather resistant profiles. If your existing windows and doors are cracked, warped or have visible signs of rot and damp, it is wise to replace them before the cold weather sets in.
When choosing your new windows and doors, opt for models that have a high energy rating and can offer reliable heat regulation all year round. uPVC and composite doors are known for their excellent thermal performance, and double glazed windows with multi-chambered frames can also provide effective property insulation.
Hang Thermal Curtains
It is no secret that the Scottish weather can be pretty cold, especially during the winter. Even if you have double glazed windows installed, there is no harm in hanging thermal curtains for some extra insulation.
Heavy lined curtains will stop cold draughts in their tracks and create a warm barrier between your living space and windows. Thermal curtains are available in various sizes and designs, and you shouldn’t have difficulty finding a set to match your home’s current interior design.
Covering your entrance and back doors with thermal curtains is a quick and easy way to further insulate your home against low exterior temperatures.
Winter Proofing Checklist
As well as making sure your windows and doors are ready for winter, there are many other steps you can take to protect your home from Mother Nature.
Here is our winter proofing checklist. Tick everything off, and you will be able to relax this winter, safe in the knowledge that your home is well prepared to handle the worst of the Scottish weather!
- Service boiler (if necessary)
- Bleed radiators
- Clear roof gutters and drains
- Keep pipes in cold areas (attic, garage etc) warm to prevent bursting in freezing temperatures
- Tidy away garden furniture
- Put your heating on a timer
- Keep your home well ventilated
- Create a ‘power cut kit’ for use during storms
- Locate the stopcock in case a pipe bursts
Insulate Your Home With SRJ Windows & Doors
At SRJ, we have been upgrading homes across Scotland for over 30 years. We install high quality windows and doors in a variety of styles and customisable designs. All of our double glazed products offer high levels of energy efficiency and are designed to improve the thermal performance of your home.
To find out more about our visually appealing and weather proof windows and doors, contact our team today. You can discuss your home improvement plans with our experts by calling 01383 851 951 or filling in our online contact form. With a SRJ window or door installation, your home will be well protected from the harsh Scottish weather this winter.