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How to prepare your house for winter?

Mar 9th 2015 at 2:20 AM

Winter is the time of the year to which we need to be prepared very carefully. It is important not only to submit heat to the house. It is necessary also to preserve it, not spend in vain. Therefore except the heating system, the attention should be given to all sources of heat loss. And first of all they are windows and doors.

If during the summer you do not pay any attention to the cracks in the windows and doors, then with the coming of cold weather they are not difficult to notice. On average due to poor quality of sealing of the door or window frames you are loosing about 50 kW of energy per day. This is due to the fact that most of them do not meet modern requirements for thermal protection, sound insulation and sealing.

Of course, you can install vinyl windows and doors. But not everyone can afford to install expensive packages and sometimes this is not possible due to several reasons, such as for example a rare configuration of the openings. In this case, the only possible way is to insulate windows and doors.

Here we are going to present you several easy to do ways to insulate your windows and doors by yourself. But you need to know if the situation is really bad you need to contact a specialized caulking contractor company.

  • If the gaps in the frames are small, you can use foam, paper or self-adhesive seals. Their main advantages of them are easiness of use and low prices. But large gaps between the glass and the frame will lag and skip the cold air. Small gaps can be also covered up with a special sealing putty.

  • And to seal large gaps (which are more than 3 mm) you need to make a squash of soaked newsprint chalk paste (2 pieces of chalk, 1 part of flour glue or flour and 1 part of water) or loamy paste (1 part of loam, 2 parts of sand).

  • Deepenings between the double (screw) window frames can be comfortably insulated with paste, composed of 2 pieces of chalk, 1 part flour glue or flour and water.

  • If you have no desire in spring to wash the windows from the paper and glue, you can use modern technology insulation systems. Today there are a lot of different companies that are specialized for caulking.

  • Wooden doors are insulated in the same manner as the windows are. For insulation of metal constructions it is convenient to use the polymeric hollow cord which is glued along the perimeter of the door from the inside. Thermal insulation in this way provides excellent thermal and acoustic protection. The material from which made the cord is not afraid of cold and heat, is resistant to moisture and durable. After such a sealing of the doors, they will be closed as gently and securely as in a good refrigerator.

Summing up we can confidently say that the only reasonable and systematic care of your home will bring it to a high level of comfort and coziness.


Linda Evans, home improvement consultant gives tips about protecting the house from winter and gives instructions in searching for caulking contractor in Toronto and other cities of Canada.

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