Weather permitting, any day can be the day you check “window maintenance” off your list of things to do. It’s easy to put off but, oh, so necessary. This is especially the case when we live in Tampa. The salty air causes many surfaces to deteriorate more rapidly. As a matter of fact, you should rid your windows and frames of any crusty build-up three or four times a year.
A mild cleanser or even warm water should do the trick to clean away the accumulated salt. Proper maintenance is going to increase the lifespan of your windows. If you fail to follow through with window maintenance, damage is bound to occur.
The longer you put off repairs, the more extensive the damage becomes.
Believe it or not, keeping your windows clean both inside and out is the first step we’re sharing. Not only do they look great, keeping the glass, sills, and frames free of dirt and debris aids you in finding any cracks in the glazing or window seams.
There are many glass cleaning products on the market or you can easily make your own. Paper towels, newspaper, or even coffee filters will leave your windows streak-free. Another great cleaning tip? Use a small sponge paint brush for cleaning the nooks and crannies.
Not only that, think how satisfied you’ll feel when the job is complete.
Today, windows are extremely energy efficient, but if you’re home is older, your windows might be coated or covered with Low-E protection.
Low-E films reduce the amount of heat transferred through the glass. They reflect energy back into the room rather than letting it escape through your window surface. As a result, it helps keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Proper maintenance helps keep the film from degrading. Look for things like discoloration, bubbling, peeling, or scratches.
Windows raise and lower on tracks. They are notorious for collecting dirt, debris, and spider webs. They are also prone to moisture build-up. Cleaning them out regularly improves your windows functionality. Warm water is all you need to perform this maintenance task.
Whether it’s a small widow pane or an entire window surface, if it contains even the tiniest of cracks, replace it. Cracked glass is an accident waiting to happen. A crack of any size reduces the strength of the windowpane. For a quick fix until you can get a replacement glass installed, apply a strip of duct tape over the crack on both sides.
In addition, you’d be surprised at the amount of air that seeps through a crack. This directly affects your utility costs.
If you have double or triple paned gas filled windows, cracks allow the argon gas to escape from between the panes. Once that happens, the windows don’t function properly resulting in energy loss.
Just an FYI for this 101 class, argon gas is used as a filler instead of air because air contains moisture that, under some circumstances, condenses on the inside of the glass. When this happens, the window appears cloudy no matter how much you clean them.
It’s easy to put off marking “clean the screens” off the to-do list. then, before you know it, it’s winter again. You mentally vow to get it at the top of the list next spring. It can be a vicious cycle.
Window screens often go overlooked, but over time, they deteriorate. First and foremost, this allows an easy entrance for bugs. Periodic cleaning clears away grime build-up. Inspect them for any holes or tears right down to the edges. You should also inspect the spline that holds the screen in place. It can deteriorate with time.
Sealing your windows with caulk is a necessary part of yearly window maintenance. Inspect for any cracks, holes, or spaces where it appears to have pulled away from the window leaving an open seam. Any damage, no matter how small, can effect your home’s energy efficiency. Not to mention the fact that moisture will find it’s way in. This leads to mold, mildew, and wood rot.
While you’re caulking, consider replacing the weather-stripping around the window. It is another area that is often over looked, but it does degrade over time.
Your window’s frame is undoubtedly the most important feature to maintain. Ensuring they are in good condition is imperative to keeping your home in its best condition. If not, the damage that occurs will not be confined to your windows. Moisture can easily be described as your home’s worst enemy.
Wood framed windows are more susceptible to rain and snow. However, UV rays also play a part in weakening them over time. A visual inspection every year can help you detect small problems before they have a chance to turn into big ones.
No matter what your frames are made of, ensuring they are in good condition goes a long way in prolonging the life of your windows.
Repainting wooden and metal window frames every few years protects them from the elements. It also goes a long way in maintaining the appearance of your window overall. Don’t paint over any moving parts or a shut window. Trust us, experiencing the joy of a window that won’t open is one you can live without.
As we stand gazing out across our yards, we don’t give our windows a second thought. We expect them to be there for ever. Don’t overlook the importance of periodic window maintenance.
Whether it’s rain, snow, or humidity, moisture is not your friend.
It constantly tries to find a way to the very inner recesses of your home. Once there, it slowly and deliberately begins to work against you. Left unchecked, it eventually causes major structural damage.
Don’t let it settle in. You will regret it.
Keeping on top of the small jobs goes a long way in preventing the big ones.
With that, you’ve reached the end of our article and can consider yourself a graduate of Window Maintenance 101. You passed the reading part with flying colors!
Now, on to the rest.
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