Your windows are one of the most important investments you make in your home. Security, appeal, safety, and highlighting a view are just some of the reasons it’s essential to take good care of it. Leaky windows can cause rot, mold and insects to enter. Badly fitting or warped window frames and broken or torn draft strips can let in drafts. Tracks that are broken or dirty can cause a window to malfunction, which can cause a security issue. Window maintenance is not complicated, but it should be added to your regular home maintenance routine.
Windows that are cleaned and cared for will properly beautify your home and provide the safety and security your family deserves.
Tips for taking care of your new windows
Windows is an expensive investment that will last a lifetime. Care and maintenance largely depend on the material your window is made of. For example, wood windows should be painted regularly, while vinyl windows should be inspected for breaks or holes.
Pollution, weather, dust and other environmental factors can take their toll on windows. You cannot control these natural actions, but you can determine whether these factors are hurting your investment. Regular care and maintenance will extend the life of your new windows.
Regular maintenance does not have to be complicated. It is essential to know what type of windows you have and how to properly maintain them. Make an ongoing calendar appointment or write it on your paper planner at the same time each year. We recommend March or September, depending on whether you prefer to do your annual maintenance in the spring or fall.
Here are a few tasks to add to your annual window maintenance list.
Lubricate all sliding window / door rails and rollers with dry silicone spray. It is recommended to lubricate all hardware components at least once a year, for coastal areas twice a year with salt air.
Check the weather stripping regularly on all windows and doors to ensure it is in good working order and airtight. If your weatherstrip looks brittle or shows signs of wear and tear, it’s time to replace it.
– Although you will be cleaning your windows more than once a year, it is a good idea to do so vacuum the tracks occasionally on windows and doors to make sure no dirt builds up.
– Some windows and doors have drainage systems called weeping holes. If you notice that water is collecting or collecting that does not drain after a rain shower, check the crying holes for debris that could block the holes.
If you prefer a visual aid, many manufacturers offer instructional videos or a printable user manual with step-by-step instructions on how to best maintain their brand of window. In the meantime hThere are some general suggestions.
Vinyl and fiberglass
Wash off dirt and stains with mild soap and water. Let it dry completely. Always test cleaners in an inconspicuous area before using them.
When installed, all bare and primed wood must have a high-quality paint, finish, or water-resistant wood preservative on all surfaces. This should be maintained regularly to maintain the integrity of the wood and prevent rot.
When cleaning your fly screens, remove from the window if possible and clean with mild soap, warm water, and a soft brush. Afterwards, rinse with clean water and allow to dry. Be careful not to tear the screen while cleaning.
Cleaning the outside of your window is just as important as the inside. Use mild soap and never a dry cloth, as dry dirt can damage the paint.
A note about condensation
Due to the insulating properties of the glass used in energy-efficient windows, condensation can form on the glass under certain environmental conditions.
Condensation on the outside of the window is normal and this is the window that actually does its job, condensation usually occurs at night and when the glass temperature is above the dew point. Indoor condensation means high humidity and low airflow. If you ever notice condensation between the windows, it is a problem that will only get worse, but it is often covered by warranty. In that case, we recommend that you contact your manufacturer.
While following your manufacturer’s instructions is the best way to take care of your window investment specifically, following these tips is a great way to enjoy your view for years to come. At Newman Windows & Doors, your window investment is our highest priority. We welcome any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us here.