The days are getting shorter, the temperature is going into single digits overnight, and pumpkin spice lattes are back with a vengeance. You know what that means: Summer is starting to wind down.
As we slowly start to say farewell to another summer in the Okanagan, it’s time to start considering cleaning up and taking care of your retractable window screens. Here’s a few things to consider.
After a summer of wind blowing, bugs flying, and dust billowing, your screens are probably in need of a good cleaning. Grit can accumulate on the mesh itself and in the tracks, which doesn’t allow them to do their job as well.
Start by sweeping the excess grime off the mesh and out of the tracks. You can use a vacuum cleaner or a soft brush to get into the tighter spots.
Then you’ll want to use a non-abrasive detergent and a soft cloth to wipe down the mesh and get into the tracks. Then wipe them dry and spray the tracks with a dry silicone spray to keep the screens gliding smoothly.
It might still feel far off, but thinking now about getting your retractable screens ready for winter will save you time down the road when it’s actually cold outside.
It’s better to keep your screens retracted into their housing compartment when the temperature drops below zero, or if it’s excessively windy outside. Wind likely won’t rip your screens, but strong gusts can pull them out of their track alignment, which means they won’t glide as smoothly.
Some folks like to keep the screens down to retain a bit more heat in their outdoor spaces, but recommendations say that if you’re going to do that, use a patio or outdoor heater in the space so the screens don’t freeze.
Not set up with Phantom Retractable Screens yet? Well, you’ll still want to think about preparing your screens for the winter because stationary screens need winter maintenance just as much as retractable screens do.
Odds are if you’ve only got stationary screens, you’ve never removed them during the colder months. It probably never crossed your mind. Well, consider it crossed! Here’s a few reasons why you ought to take your window screens down for the winter.
Your stationary screens can accumulate snow in the window frame, which puts the risk of moisture damaging your window frame and potentially seeping into your home. That’s the last thing anyone wants, ever, so taking your screens down will prevent that.
Stationary screens can get dirt built up over time and can actually reduce the amount of sunlight that enters your home. That’s great during the hot summer months, but in the winter, having any amount of sunlight warming your home is a good thing. It might even reduce your energy bill.
The mesh in stationary screens can warp or tear in strong winds, which not only damages them, but also brings down the curb appeal of your home. Put them away for the winter and enjoy how neat and clean your home will look.
Thinking that sounds like a lot of work? Wondering if retractable screens are the way to go? Give Phantom Screens Okanagan a call at 1-888-742-6866 to get a quote.