Purchasing new windows is a great investment and it is also a relief for homeowners. Once they are installed, knowing that your home will be more energy efficient, you will lower energy costs and you’ve just improved your home gives you peace of mind. However, it also has a tendency for homeowners to relax.
While new windows require less attention, it’s important to not completely forget about them, especially from a maintenance standpoint. From day one, it’s important to take the right steps to make your windows last and get the most out of your investment.
How long windows last is very dependent on how you treat them and how well you maintain them. We know you want to get 20 years or more out of your windows and the truth is that most issues are not due to the window, but due to improper use and maintenance.
Maintenance Tips for Making Your New Windows Last
Follow these windows maintenance tips to get the most out of your investment:
- Start from day one: All windows require maintenance and attention, even new ones. Don’t wait until you notice a problem before starting to worry about maintenance. Be proactive and get in the habit of maintaining your windows from day one.
- Educate yourself: The more you know about your windows the better. Educating yourself about maintenance best practices and how to clean your windows will help you keep them in top condition. If you have a question about windows maintenance, don’t hesitate to give us a call with your questions.
- Use your windows correctly: The majority of maintenance related issues with your window have to do with operations. Common issues such as cracks, chips, or bending is caused when being too aggressive with opening and closing your windows. Never force a window open or closed. Getting in the habit of using your window properly will reduce the strain and stress on it, helping to extend its lifespan.
- Don’t forget about the hardware: When cleaning and maintaining your windows, most people tend to focus on cleaning the glass and tracks. You also need to pay attention to the metal pieces and components that lock and move your window. Clean them regularly and lubricate to ensure they operate smoothly.
- Clean the sash tracks when cleaning window glass: When cleaning windows, we have a tendency to focus on cleaning the glass. The sash tracks are just as important. They are a common spot for dirt and debris build up and if left uncleaned, it can be difficult to remove and can impact window operations.
- Be careful with window screens: Screens are one of the most commonly damaged parts of your windows. Most are damaged when being removed. Make sure to follow the proper procedure so you don’t bend the frame.
Spending a little bit of time once or twice per year can make a big difference. Window maintenance ensures they are more efficient, work properly and you get the most out of your investment in new windows.