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Maintaining Windows 101

Monday, October 21, 2019

Maintaining your windows is crucial to their durability as well as functionality. In addition, since they represent an important and sizable investment in your home, well-maintained windows help to hold your property’s value. This post will cover the basic steps of window maintenance. It will also address the importance of maintaining and protecting your window frames as they are a crucial part of your window’s lifespan.

Window and Frame Cleaning

One of the first things to keep in mind is windows are directly impacted by the environment, both interior and exterior, which means each window must deal with nature and the elements.

Dirt and grime build-up can negatively affect window panes. Keeping them clean not only looks good, it also allows you to inspect the windows for any issues such as cracking, glazing issues, Low-e film degradation, and cracks around the seam of the window.

Taking care of Windows Tracks

Along with cleaning the window panes, you’ll also want to clean out the tracks on the frame. This step is important regardless of the type of material the frame is made of. The track area is prone to dirt, debris, spider webs, and moisture build-up. Using an appropriate cleanser or clean water will remove the gunk and keep the window tracks in good health.

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Keep your tracks clean

How to Lubricate Vinyl Windows

  1. Pull the tops of both window sashes out of the window frame as you would when cleaning the windows.
  2. Clean the vinyl liner tracks and the edges of the window sash with a dry rag. …
  3. Spray some silicone lubricant onto a dry cloth. …
  4. Reinstall the sashes into the window opening.

Caulking and Sealing Windows

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Caulking that has degraded becomes a money pit and open for water and air leakage.

Whenever you’re cleaning the windows, include a thorough inspection of the areas around the frame. You’ll be on the lookout for any open cracks, crevices, holes or seams that need to be sealed with caulk.

Air seeping in and out of these openings affects the energy efficiency of your home. These openings also allow in moisture, which leads to mold, mildew, and wood rot for wood-based frames.

Another way to help avoid costly air seepage and moisture build-up is replacing weather-stripping around each window. Like other materials, weather-stripping degrades over time due to the weather.

Finally…

Maintenance is a necessary duty when it comes to anything that moves or is a protective barrier to ensure a long life span. With just a little maintenance, your windows can last much longer and help keep your home beautiful.

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