We are enjoying the peak summer season now but before we know it, it will be time for winter. It is important that you protect and maintain your window screens during the summer season so that they offer maximum protection and functionality.
Here are some tips that can help you maintain your window screens during the winter months.
Removing Window Screens
One of the most important decisions when it comes to screen maintenance is to figure out whether you will leave the solar screens on your windows for the duration of the cold season or whether you will take them off and store them. Both of these things have their benefits.
Keeping the window screen on can help with your home’s energy efficiency. Removing them will allow the natural sunlight to illuminate and warm your home during the coldest and darkest days of the year. If you use solar screens and other window screens to reduce the sun’s glare coming into your home, it can be a good idea to remove them during the winter season. You can also remove them to protect them from the damaging effects of winter storms.
In the end, it is up to you to decide if it is better for your home to remove the window screens or keep them on.
Winter can also be a great time to check your window screens for holes, rips, and other damage. If the damage is small, we at Gilbert Screen may be able to repair it. However, if there is extensive damage, it is a smart idea to replace your window screens.
If you have decided to replace your window screen, you should consider upgrading them to a higher quality screen material that can give you more benefits.
Since screens perform a protective purpose, they can become dirty. When we open our windows, dirt and grime can lodge in the screens. That is why it is important that you regularly clean your window screens to increase visibility.
Fall can be a great time to clean your window screens as there is not much use for screens in cooler weather.
Cleaning your window screen is easy enough for us. We can remove the screen from the window frame and gently vacuum your screen. We will then use a mild detergent and some water to wash the screen gently and then rinse it. The screens will be allowed to dry fully before we install them.
Winterize Screen Enclosures
Depending on how the enclosure is constructed, you will need to winterize it in different ways. We recommend that you install tempered or reinforced glass in place of your window screens. These glass panels can withstand the wear and tear of the cold season.
If you do not want to add tempered glass to the enclosure, remove all furniture and objects that could become damaged due to moisture, winds, and the cold.
Do you have more questions on how to winterize your window screen and keep them maintained so they perform optimally throughout the year? Reach out to Gilbert Screens today and we can help you solve all your window and door screen problems.
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