Spring is a great time to do some much-needed window maintenance. Like everything else in your home, your windows need regular TLC to ensure they remain functional and aesthetically pleasing. After a long winter, now’s the time to check the condition and function of all the windows in your home, top to bottom.
On top of enhancing the lifespan of your windows, proper upkeep also results in lower energy bills by ensuring you maintain comfortable indoor temperatures. Here are some spring window check-up tips to follow.
- Check the functionality of each window. Open and close them fully several times, seeing if you can notice any spaces where air might escape. Also, be on the lookout for any sticking or movement issues. This will give you insight into whether or not they need maintenance or repair.
- Examine window hardware. Clean dust and grime from all locks and hinges, then tighten any screws that may be loose. Casement and double-hung windows could need a lock adjustment or two. Check around the sashes and glass for mildew stains; if you see some, treat those areas with a gentle cleaner and warm water. Let dry completely.
- Inspect screens for tears and holes. Clear the tracks of debris and then make sure you can slide the screens seamlessly. Take this time to also see if your glass patio doors can slide correctly on their tracks. If not, lubricate the tracks with a silicon spray as it dries into a slippery film rather than oil, which tends to collect dirt or gum up the rollers and wheels.
- Clean your screens: Wind and flying dust can muck up your window screens. To clean them, remove them from their tracks and use a hose to gently remove all the dirt. Rub gently with a wet cloth in cases of stubborn dirt. Let all screens air-dry on a flat surface before putting them back in.
- Check caulking: Be on the lookout for caulking that has cracked, shrunk, or pulled away from the exterior framing. Replace all caulking as needed. Caulking is important in the prevention of water from getting into your home.
- Inspect weather stripping closely. Search for missing pieces, tears and any other sign of damage. It’s common for windows to become stuck to the weather stripping over the winter months, resulting in rips, tears or misalignment. Make sure all weather stripping and sweeps are intact, replacing them if necessary.
- Make note of any windows that are old or in need of repair. Call your local professional window installer. Spring is the best time to replace windows!
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