Window Maintenance

Maintaining Your Windows: Tips for Longevity and Performance

When you properly maintain your windows, they not only look clean and beautiful, but will last longer too. This maximizes your investment in them, saving you money in the long run. So, what are some essential window maintenance tips, cleaning techniques, and signs indicating it’s time for a window replacement? Here are a few recommendations to help you extend the lifespan of your windows and enhance the comfort and energy efficiency of your home.

Your Checklist for Window Maintenance

Maintaining your windows is essential to maximize their lifespan and performance. To guide you, follow this checklist for routine maintenance.

Clean Windows, Frames, and Tracks

Clean the glass occasionally using a non-abrasive glass cleaner and a soft cloth. Anything that is harsh or aggressive will cause damage to the glass and the frames. Instead, use a mild mixture of soap and water to clean the windows and frames thoroughly. Use clean water to wipe them down, then dry the frames and the glass. Outside, you can simply rinse them with a garden hose.

Another key step? Remove any dirt or debris, like small pebbles or dead insects, from the window tracks to prevent issues with operation. If left in the tracks, these can also impact operation of the weatherstripping, locks, and rollers.

Inspect Windows and Repair Any Issues

Perform regular inspections of your windows in search of any cracks, chips, or gaps in the glass, frames, or seals. Replace damaged weatherstripping and caulking to maintain a proper seal. Don’t forget to check the locks, hinges, and latches for smooth operation. If there is an issue, fix it immediately, so your windows not only function properly, but also keep your home secure. If there is resistance with the locks, use a small amount of silicone-based lubricant to get them working smoothly again.

Improve Ventilation

Use exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms to reduce moisture levels and prevent condensation from seeping between window panes and causing water damage. Also, open your windows periodically to allow fresh air circulation and prevent stale air buildup. This not only keeps your home more comfortable but improves the quality of the air inside.

Use Windows Carefully

Slamming windows shut can cause stress on frames and glass. Instead, use them with care. Also check that each window is properly aligned to prevent problems with warping. On windy days, open windows a little to reduce pressure on the glass. Taking steps like these to be mindful about your windows will help keep them operational for longer.

Signs It’s Time for a Window Replacement

While proper maintenance can extend the lifespan of your windows, there are certain signs indicating it’s time for a replacement. A few common red flags to look for include:

  • Operational issues – If your windows are difficult to open or close, or won’t lock, it’s time for a fix or perhaps a full window replacement.
  • Foggy windows or rotting frames – In actuality, any kind of damage to your windows or frames signals time for a replacement.
  • Age of your windows – If your windows are older than 15 years and are exhibiting signs of wear and tear, replace them sooner rather than later.
  • Energy inefficiency – If your windows are drafty or allow air leaks, this can result in higher energy consumption and increased energy costs.
  • Sun damage – If your windows allow excessive UV rays, leading to sun damage to furniture and flooring, consider investing in more advanced options.
  • Outside noise – If you want better sound insulation, replace single-pane windows that fail to reduce exterior noise with double-pane, noise-reduction windows.

Find Out More About Window Replacements

Maintaining your windows is essential for their longevity and performance. By following the guide above and implementing effective maintenance tips, you can maximize the lifespan of your windows and enhance the comfort and energy efficiency of your home.

However, if you do notice any signs indicating it’s time for a replacement, don’t hesitate to reach out to Kent Mohler Exteriors for professional help. We can evaluate your windows, educate you on your options, and give you the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about window replacements.

In the process, we can help you improve your home’s energy-efficiency, comfort, style, and value. Contact our window specialists today to learn more.