How Winter Affects Windows and Doors

Winter has officially arrived in Canada and while it may be considered the most wonderful time of year by some, it can also wreak havoc on the outside of your home, including your windows and doors. From warping and swelling to shrinking and freezing, your windows and doors are exposed to an array of natural elements, depreciating the life of your assets.

New windows and doors should be considered an investment and it is important to select a reliable professional like Centennial Windows & Doors to answer any of your questions and help with your replacement needs, especially if you encounter any of the following issues.


Condensation is water that collects as droplets on a cold surface when humid air is in contact with it. It can be pesky, irritating, chilly, and sometimes damaging to your windows. Condensation is formed when warm, moist air comes in contact with cool, dry air. The inside or outside of your window can sweat or fog because of the difference in temperature.

Unfortunately, excess moisture and condensation can rot or cause mould in both the wood and/or the plaster of your window sills and frames.

Shrinking and Warping

Certain materials, such as wood are more likely to be negatively affected by a change in moisture, humidity, and temperature. You may notice in the warm, humid months that wooden window frames, doors, or door frames expand. This is due to the moisture in the air.

In the extreme cold and dry winter months, the wood can then shrink and begin to warp or bow unfavourably. Luckily, by treating your wood with a protective paint or sealant, you can prevent distortion throughout the changing seasons.


Windows and doors that are old, poorly fitted, or poorly insulated are a major cause of drafts in most homes. There are several solutions to this problem that will prevent the outside air from entering your home. The first solution is to install weather stripping, but in many cases, a new energy efficient door or window may be absolutely necessary.

Hardware Failure

When condensation and ice get into latches, hinges and handles, it can expand and compromise the integrity of your windows’ and doors’ various mechanisms. Weather conditions can cause them to become either jammed or damaged. Awnings and casement windows are particularly vulnerable because of how they operate — with a crank handle — compared to sliding windows.

If you notice a combination of this bothersome winter wear and tear, it might be time to consider replacing your home’s windows and doors.

When looking for the right installer, remember to ask the following questions:

Question 1: What type of windows or door suits my home best?

When consulting with your local window and door company, it’s good thinking to leverage their knowledge, and because each home is unique, and not every window type will suit every room — make sure to rely on expert knowledge.

Question 2: Does the company hire out subcontractors when they are installing windows?

While companies that only employ highly trained specialists typically cost more, the quality of service is almost always superior when compared to window and door companies that hire subcontractors to install their products.

If you notice any of the above issues, be sure to contact a local window replacement company today — and be sure you know the right questions to ask. That way, you’ll be on your way to new windows that will increase your curb appeal in no time.

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