Regular maintenance is important for your home’s windows. It can help them last longer, perform better and look great. Well-maintained windows will also serve to enhance the security and appearance of your home, guarding against the effects of temperature fluctuations, weather and debris. Follow these maintenance tips from Rescom’s expert window technicians to help keep your windows in shape
Wipe down windows regularly with a damp cloth to remove dust and dirt. Don’t use too much water, especially on wood frame windows, as moisture can lead to rot. For vinyl windows, used a combination of warm water, a mild detergent and a soft scrubbing brush.
Use a glass cleaner in between deep cleans to keep the windows sparkling. Don’t neglect the window casing and adjacent wall area, in an effort to remove that build-up of dirt and debris in hard-to-reach components. Window jams can occur when dirt is allowed to accumulate in those areas.
In spring and fall, perform a thorough inspection of your windows, being sure to check the condition of the window frame and sash. Keep an eye out for signs of rot, especially on wood frames, that can indicate moisture infiltration.
Be on the lookout for moisture in double- or triple-paned windows, which could mean the seal has failed and must be replaced. Allowing a failed seal to remain will reduce the insulation capacity of your windows.
Have the sun’s harsh UV rays caused areas of the frame to become brittle and warp? Is paint peeling in certain areas? Is the weather stripping still intact? Replace, repair and repaint as needed. Caulk any gaps between the wall and window casing.
Gaps around your window allow for energy leakage, increasing your bills and reducing the efficiency of your home. For optimal sealing, replace all worn rubber seals to keep air and water leaks at bay and further secure the window in place. You can also use spray insulation or caulking to do the job.
Repair any cracks, holes, and splinters in the window to avoid further deterioration. If you notice cracked or broken glass, get it repaired or replaced immediately to prevent energy leakage and accidental cuts. This task is best left up to professionals.
Check the Fit
Frames and sashes can change subtly in size over time, thanks to usage and exposure to temperature cycles. As a result, gaps can form between window components, allowing air and water infiltration. Carefully check the fit of all window components. Make sure they can open all the way and that they close and lock completely. Swelling or warping of the window frame or sash means moisture is present.