You likely don’t have to be reminded that it can get pretty cold in Oregon during the winter season. If you’re a homeowner, there are some things you can do to winterize your home so that it stands up to the cold temperatures during the winter months. But during the winterizing process, you might discover that there are some things that simply need to be replaced. This might include your windows – in which case Portland, OR replacement windows are in order.

Here’s a look and some winterizing tips that will help protect your home during the cold weather months.

Clean Gutters

It’s a good idea to clean out your gutters at least twice a year — during the spring and during the fall. You’ll likely need a ladder and something to clean out the gutter. During the winter, your gutters will be inundated with snow, rain, and slush. If your gutters are full of junk, they will overflow during the winter. This might result in a lot of water settling too near to your home. You can make things easier for yourself by installing gutter guards after you clean out the gutter.

Fill Exterior Holes

This step will require that you head outdoors and examine the exterior of your home. What you need to do is look for any openings where things in your residence connect to the exterior of your home. Vents, faucets, and seams should be priorities. Check your window and door frames as well and look for cracks or gaps. You can fill in any of these exterior holes with some foam insulation. Make sure that the foam insulation is suitable for cold weather. Completing this task won’t take a whole lot of time, but it will help to keep your home warmer during the winter as well as keep insects or other creatures from getting into your residence.

Mind Your Windows

Much of the heat loss in a home comes through the windows and the doors. When it comes to your windows, do they close properly? Do they let in drafts? If they are problematic in some way, you should explore the possibility of getting replacement windows. You might be surprised to know how problems could arise if your windows are not keeping out the cold air. Don’t hesitate to consult a replacement window company if you need help assessing your windows.

If you follow these winterizing recommendations, you’ll be able to get your home ready for the cold climes. At Kemp’s Windows Inc., we’ve got you covered if you need replacement windows in Portland, OR in the near future. Get the ball rolling by calling us at (503) 659-7587. One of our sales associates will be pleased to answer your questions and to help you get the windows you need. You can also stop by our showroom at 16107 SE McLoughlin Blvd Portland, OR 97267 to look around and to have a consultation with our sales staff. We’re fully bonded, licensed, and insured in both Oregon and Washington. Our AAMA-certified installers will ensure that your windows are put in properly the first time around.

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