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Frost on the window? That’s a problem

Tips for maintaining windows

Frost on the window may be pretty, but it also may mean you have a problem with a window seal.

If there was frost on the windows last winter, you may have enjoyed the pretty picture it made. But that frost could be a sign of a problem with your windows that should be fixed before winter returns.

Maintaining your windows takes just a few minutes a year, but can add to the value to your home. It also makes your home more energy efficient.

The first place to start is to look for cracked and broken glass, and replace it. Also check out the glazing to make sure  none is missing.

If you have double- or triple-pane windows, that frost on them could mean the seal between the panes is broken. Sometimes the seal can be fixed; if not, you can replace the glass.

Check where the window sets into the wall and siding. Fill cracks with high-quality caulk. Finally, check weather stripping to see if it’s dried out or cracked and needs to be replaced.

For more detailed information, check out our windows maintenance article in the AmeriSpec Resource Center.

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