Crack Attack: Smart Spring DIY Projects



window latches, door hardware, curtains, drapes

Springtime in colder regions brings on a lot of change for a home, which is why spring cleaning often includes a little DIY crack-filling action to make sure winter’s wickedness doesn’t do any long-term damage.

Why do changing temps cause so much trouble? It’s just the nature of things, but knowing can help you with your DIY now and your upkeep for next year.   

Spring Science

It all starts with moisture; condensation and rainwater that collect in the crevices of your home. What crevices? Alllllll the crevices.

Water seeps into cracks in all kinds of places, but there are three particular areas you should check once spring rolls around: the mortar between your bricks, your window caulking and your weather stripping.

Brick Mortar

Mortar is not waterproof, and it will deteriorate over time. Water will help this process along, especially in vertical mortar joints, or where water is allowed to pool in the joints (like along a window sill).

SPRING DIY: Seal mortar cracks that form with polyurethane sealant to protect against further damage.

Window Seals 

Window caulk/glazing is durable enough, but it does need to be patched or scraped away and replaced from time to time. Check your seals by holding a candle up to your window – if you see the flame flicker you know you’re getting a draft.

SPRING DIY: Scrape and reapply glazing as needed. You can use a caulking gun for big jobs, or a putty knife for detail work.  

Weather Stripping

Your door’s weather stripping isn’t particularly susceptible to water damage, but it does wear out over time and part of it is due to exposure when water seeps into the cracks.

SPRING DIY: Peel out the old weather stripping, and make sure to clear out any old bits that might prevent a bad seal with the new foam. Wedge in the new weather stripping and you should be good to go for at least another season of inclement weather.

Good luck with these tips, and if you need assistance it’s always easy to get in touch with a local pro at Porch.com.  

Add an extra layer of protection against drafty windows with drapes that provide thermal insulation like these from Exclusive Fabrics & Furnishing.

Smooth cam action on these top-selling window latches by First Watch Security draws window frames tight to further reduce draft.

Your Recently Viewed Items
You have no recently viewed items. After viewing product detail pages or search results, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to products you are interested in.
Your Recommended Items See More

You currently have no recommended items. Browse a few more items to give us an idea of what you like.
©1999 - 2017  ATGStores.com.  All Rights Reserved v2.5.0.4 release/EV17.10
Copyright notice | Site Map | By using this site you agree to our Terms & Conditions of Use and Privacy Statement | Your California Privacy Rights | Interest-Based Advertising
Server: WWW60 Created On: 3/24/2017 1:23:56 AM