Blog > Category > Posted: 2023-Nov-16, Updated: 2024-Mar-13

Window maintenance - Winter screen removal & cleaning

Winter Screen Storage
Proper maintenance of your windows is essential for ensuring their optimal performance and longevity. One crucial aspect of this maintenance routine is the seasonal removal of window screens, offering a chance to inspect and address potential issues in the Fall and Spring.

Outdoor screens

Snow Infiltration Prevention:
Outdoor screens, especially on hung, sliding, and patio doors, are prone to snow accumulation during winter. Melting snow that seeps between the screen and the window frame can cause damage to screen channels, frames, and sills. Regular removal of outdoor screens in winter is essential to prevent such snow-related damage.

Indoor screens

Condensation and Mold Mitigation:
Screens on awning and casement windows, located indoors, can trap condensation during winter. Removing indoor screens helps mitigate the risk of mold and mildew growth, contributing to a healthier indoor environment.

Benefits of Screen Removal During Winter

Increased Light and Heat:
Screen removal enhances the amount of natural light entering your home during winter, combating darkness and improving a window's solar heat gain coefficient.

Facilitating Cleaning:
Winter snow can leave baked-on dirt on screens, making spring cleaning challenging. Removing screens prevents debris accumulation, allowing for easier and more effective spring cleaning.

Preparing Screens for Winter Storage

Cleaning and Labeling:
After removal, a quick vacuum, mild soap wash, and gentle rinsing ensure screens are free of dust, pollen, and spider webs. Labeling each screen simplifies the re-screening process in spring. Proper storage away from potential falling objects preserves screens during winter months.

Other Benefits of Screen Removal

Enhanced Visibility:
Without screens, enjoy clearer views of the winter landscape. Snow and ice accumulation on screens can obstruct views and diminish the aesthetic appeal of your windows.

Preventing Ice Dam Formation:
Screens can contribute to ice dam formation on the exterior of windows. Removing screens reduces the risk of ice buildup, preventing water seepage and potential damage.

Improving Air Circulation:
Proper ventilation is crucial in winter to prevent indoor air stagnation. Removing screens allows for better air circulation, reducing issues like condensation on windows and enhancing indoor comfort.

Extending Screen Lifespan:
Storing screens during winter protects them from harsh weather conditions. This practice ultimately extends the lifespan of screens, ensuring they remain in good condition for reinstallation without the need for repairs or replacements.


By incorporating these additional points into your winter window maintenance routine, you not only protect your screens but also contribute to the overall efficiency and longevity of your windows.

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