Your home should provide shelter from winter weather. But that’s not the case if you have windows with cracks and gaps. Here are three steps to prevent drafty windows so you can stay comfortable as temperatures dip.
1. Repair Any Damage
Before you can prevent drafty windows, you need to repair the window frames. Inspect the wood casements for rot and then fix it.
Take a flat bar, a hammer and a chisel and score around wood pieces that are damaged. Not all of the wood will be bad, so gather the pieces that are bad and remove them.
You don’t need wood to fill the hole; use cellular PVC or composite material, both of which are available at your home center. Best of all, they’re low-maintenance options that you’ll probably never have to replace.
Next, nail the replacement piece in place, glue it, caulk it and repaint it. Your home will be secure from potential water damage and you’re one step closer to preventing drafts.