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Pet-Friendly Window Winterizing Tips

Construction & Contractors Blog

If the windows in your home are leaking air around them, you might as well go ahead and start burning your dollar bills now. The heat that you're losing out of those windows can end up costing you a substantial amount each year. Unfortunately, when you own pets that love looking out the windows, it can be difficult to winterize them affordably. After all, who wants to spend a day hanging shrink wrap over the windows just to have the dog rip it the first time someone pulls into the driveway? Here, you'll find some tips to help you get the windows winterized in a pet-friendly way.

Caulking and Seals

Look around the windows for any cracks and feel for any air moving around the frame. If you feel air moving, run a bead of caulk around the window. This can be done from the inside or the outside of the house–or both.

Check the seals on the windows for damage. Over the years, the rubbery material that makes up the seals can dry out and crack or rip off entirely. If the seals are damaged, head to your local home improvement store and pick up a roll of replacement window seals that match up with your existing ones. You may need to take a small section with you to ensure you get the right fit. 

Thermal Curtain Panels

Heavy thermal curtain panels will also help to keep the heat in and the cold out, but they also block out all of the natural light each day. This is a great solution for many spaces throughout the home, especially those rooms that you don't really care how much natural light you experience during the day. However, those areas in which you love to fill with sunlight, will need an alternative layer of winter protection.

Custom-Fit Plexiglass

Take some measurements of the windows that you're hoping to winterize. The measurements should extend beyond the window to the frame. You'll be taking these measurements with you to your local home improvement store to have custom-fit plexiglass sheets cut to fit the windows.

While you're there, pick up a few rolls of double-sized Velcro. You'll apply this all the way around the plexiglass and the frame of the window. This will make it possible to put the plexiglass up and remove it as needed.

Visit a site like http://www.bramblebuilders.com for more information. These kinds of professionals can help you begin the process of upgrading the windows in your home so you don't have to bother with any of the winterizing struggles next year.


22 October 2018