Removing Window Screens for the Winter – Yes, You Need To Do This

Removing Window Screens for the Winter – Yes, You Need To Do This

Each winter, homeowners ponder the age-old question, “Do I need to remove my window screens?” In short, the answer is “Yes!” But, it’s common to forget that you need to winterize your windows (or to talk yourself out of the hassle).

If you already have Thompson Creek windows, especially those installed in the last couple years, removing the screens is literally a pinch. Simply fold the flex-screen and remove it with ease.

Why you should remove your screens

  • Removing the screens on single pane windows is a must so you can put in storm windows to create an extra barrier from the cold. Single pane windows are inefficient at keeping cold air outside. The extra thermal barrier keeps more of your warm air inside your home..
  • In the winter, snow or ice can can become trapped between a screen and window. Trapped snow can cause damage to the sill and window frame. The weight of the snow can easily bow the screen as well.
  • Windows without screens let in more light than those with screens in. You’ll notice the biggest change on south and east facing windows. In this space, it is generally warmer by up to 8 degrees in the warmest and brightest times of the day compared to windows with screens in these areas.
  • Many people enjoy taking the screens out because it is brighter looking in or out of the windows.
  • Taking the screens out keeps windows cleaner since debris can’t get trapped between the screen and the window.

Preparing ahead for the winter

Since you’ve already decided to remove your screens, take a moment to hose them off before storing in a low-traffic area of your home. You can also clean around the sash and tracks of your window.

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17 thoughts on “Removing Window Screens for the Winter – Yes, You Need To Do This

  1. Thanks for pointing out that the tracks must be thoroughly cleaned so that there will be no incidents of stuck windows in the future. I will keep this in mind so that we will not have such issues. I just needed to know about these things because we will have all the windows replaced next month in the house that we’ve bought. It is because they are too old already.

    1. All of the winter window preparation tips are important to ensure your windows will perform their best during the cold months. Check back for more tips soon!

  2. Great advice! I would add “don’t hire a handyman”. I have seen more problems created by a “handyman” that turned a simple repair into an expensive replacement.

    1. We are extremely proud to be the one company that does it all – design, build and install. All of our products are backed by our warranty and post-installation service so our customers don’t have to worry about a handyman ever again!

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  4. We had Thompson creek windows installed 10yrs ago to one of the Windows were broken and they are double pain is this something covered under the lifetime warranty

    1. Thank you for your comment, Christopher. Yes, this is something covered under the lifetime warranty. Please contact us at (301) 640-5497. We look forward to resolving this issue.

    1. Hi Nina! Yes, this is very normal. Instead of allowing the cold air into your home, Thompson Creek windows will attract the cold air, making the windows cold to touch.

  5. I had no idea that ice could damage your window panes. It is important to consider maintenance when choosing windows. We are planning on getting new folding windows, so I wanted to look into it beforehand.

  6. I agree that your home’s exterior envelop takes all the beating during rains and hot temperature as well as absorb all kind of dirt and molds. It’s a great thing that you mentioned proper ways on how to clean the vinyl siding. This is informative to me because I’m planning to get vinyl siding for my new house. Once done, I’ll remember all these tips to make sure that the coating is always sturdy from any external factors.

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