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Winter window maintenance - the importance of removing screens

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

For windows like hung, sliding, and patio doors, where screens are located on the exterior, winter can pose challenges. These outdoor screens allow snow to infiltrate and accumulate between the screen and the window frame. As snow melts, freezes, and expands, it can lead to damage in screen channels, frames, and even sills. Clogged drainage pores exacerbate the issue, making regular removal necessary for preventing such damage.

Indoor screens

Awning and casement windows feature screens on the interior. During winter, these screens can trap condensation, creating an environment conducive to mould and mildew growth. Removing indoor screens in winter helps mitigate this risk, contributing to a healthier indoor environment.

Increased light and heat

Screen removal during winter not only prevents snow accumulation but also enhances the amount of natural light entering your home. This not only combats winter darkness but also increases a window's solar heat gain coefficient, improving overall energy efficiency.

Facilitating cleaning

Winter brings dirty snow, which can leave baked-on dirt on screens. By removing the screens, you prevent debris from becoming lodged between the screen and the window. This makes spring cleaning more manageable, as screens can be cleaned separately without the hassle of accumulated winter grime.

Preparing screens for winter storage

After removal, take the opportunity to give each side of the screens a quick vacuum to remove dust, pollen, and spider webs. Washing them with mild soap, and avoiding power washers, ensures a thorough clean. Rinse and dry the screens with a soft towel. Labelling each screen simplifies the re-screening process in spring. Store your screens in a safe place, away from potential falling objects that could damage them during the winter months.

Enhanced visibility

Without screens in place, you can enjoy clearer views of the winter landscape. Snow and ice can accumulate on screens, obstructing the view and diminishing the aesthetic appeal of your windows.

Preventing ice dam formation

Screens can contribute to the formation of ice dams on the exterior of windows. By removing screens, you reduce the risk of ice buildup, which can lead to water seepage and potential damage to the window and surrounding structures.

Improving air circulation

During the winter, proper ventilation is crucial to prevent indoor air stagnation. Removing screens allows for better air circulation, reducing the likelihood of issues like condensation on windows and contributing to a more comfortable indoor environment.

Extending screen lifespan

Storing screens during winter protects them from harsh weather conditions, ultimately extending their lifespan. This practice ensures that the screens remain in good condition and can be reinstalled 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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