How to protect your windows and doors during storm season
10th December, 2021
As we enter the throes of the dreaded storm season, we can expect countless severe weather warnings from the Met Office.
Threats of extreme high winds and rain are highly likely to cause disruption to travel, flooding and large waves in coastal areas.
These harsh weather conditions are a serious hazard when it comes to the safety of our homes, so it’s vital we take preventative measures when necessary. With wind damage posing a serious threat to windows and doors, here are some things you can do to help prevent significant damage.
The force of nature is undeniable, and stress and worry can take over when it causes damage to your property. That's why ensuring we’re protecting our properties during the harsh winter months will prevent as much financial and structural damage as possible.
Storms can place immense pressure upon the windows in our homes, but there are various things we can do to stop the wind from getting inside. Here are some things you should probably avoid doing:
Although we’d usually reach for the duct tape to cover any gaps in our windows, it doesn’t actually give them any more strength or protection. We should instead be focussed on tidying up our front drives and gardens to prevent any loose items being lifted by the wind- there’s a possibility that these could damage the glass and cause serious breakage to our windows.
Furthermore, keep an eye on the news to see when the storm is predicted to hit your region in order to make sure you’re prepared. Once you catch wind of a storm headed your way, be sure to lock and seal every window in your house to prevent cold air from entering your home and also preventing an unwanted pressure build up.
Although it is important we follow these steps every winter, it's likely they will only benefit us in the short term. If you’re looking for something more lasting, the most cost effective solution is investing in energy efficient, quality windows. If you’re feeling unwanted cold air and draughts in your house, this is normally an indicator your windows are not performing as well as they should be - it’s actually estimated that up to a huge 40% of your home’s energy escapes from your windows!
Old windows are renowned for allowing lots of precious heat from your home to escape, meaning you’re using a lot more energy than you should when heating each room. With energy efficient windows, your home will feel much warmer, your energy bills will be kept steady, and your carbon footprint will be reduced!
Did you know that although the amount of savings varies depending on property size, a typical, gas-heated semi-detached home could save between £120-£155 per year by choosing energy-efficient windows?
Good quality windows will eliminate draughts and help to reduce issues caused by extreme weather conditions. Here at Safestyle our windows are recommended by the Energy Savings Trust and also A rated, meaning they are designed to keep in as much energy in your home as possible! Using advanced glass technology, the inner pane of glass reduces the amount of heat that is lost through the window while the outer pane harvests the free energy from the sun bringing it into your home, giving you a little bit of extra heating for free.
For more information about our energy saving windows, head to our webpage.