It’s more accurate to call vinyl windows “low maintenance” rather than “maintenance free” because, well, any element of your home, no matter the material, should be taken care of. It just makes sense that if you give a little TLC to your vinyl windows, doors, and sliding doors they will look better and last longer. That being said, vinyl windows are the closest thing you can get to a maintenance-free window.
There’s not too much involved in ensuring that your windows will last for years, especially if the vinyl is of the highest quality. Just like any other part of your home’s exterior, dirt will collect on your vinyl windows. This can be remedied with light seasonal cleaning to keep your vinyl windows looking as good as new.
It’s very easy to clean your vinyl windows. Just mix up 70 percent water and 30 percent vinegar, and use this and a sponge to wipe down your windows. For stubborn dirt, bird droppings and tree sap, you can use a long-handled bristle brush.
If you currently have old or low-quality vinyl windows, maintenance may be more involved. You’ll know you have low-quality windows if you see a lot of peeling, cracking or warping. Call the manufacturer. If these issues aren’t covered under your warranty or the warranty has well expired, you should consider replacement.
With our Bristol windows, you get an industry-leading 50-year window warranty for your peace of mind.
The energy efficiency is a whole different aspect of your maintenance routine. How energy efficient your windows are will depend on the age of the window and how the energy is escaping.
If your windows aren’t very old but they are drafty, it may be enough to simply replace the weather stripping to conserve energy. If you’re handy, it’s easy to apply self-adhesive weather stripping that can snap into place.
Another option to increase energy efficiency is to apply new caulking. This will block drafts and keep moisture from getting into your home. It’s best to use silicone rather than acrylic, which tends to crack and crumble with moisture exposure.
If your windows are old and drafty and don’t work properly (sticking, fail to open and shut easily, moisture leakage, etc.), it’s time to consider total replacement. With new vinyl windows, you’ll notice lower energy bills and overall ease of use and functionality, not to mention beauty.
So, in answer to the question “are vinyl windows really maintenance free?”, we feel that it’s yes and no. You don’t technically have to clean your vinyl windows and make small repairs as needed, but it’s highly recommended in order to ensure a longer life span and increased aesthetics for your home.
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