If you’ve just recently gotten a window company to install new windows on your home, you’re probably wondering what maintenance they might require. No one wants to deal with windows that are chalked full of dust and debris, and having your windows cleaned and maintained is one of the best things you can do to ensure their lifespan is increased throughout each and every season.
Sometimes it becomes all too easy to neglect to keep our windows maintained, and that can end up leading to issues in the future. It always helps to follow a maintenance schedule for your windows so that your window frames and glass panes will stay energy-efficient throughout the year. By now, you might be wondering what you can even do to maintain your windows.
When you’re wanting to learn more about keeping your windows maintained, it always helps to have a guide to follow.
Inspecting the rubber seals on your windows should be done regularly. When rubber seals begin to deteriorate, the gas from inside the window panes can escape, and that can lead to lower energy efficiency for your home, and cold and drafty air pouring into it. No one wants to experience a freezing cold home each and every day, and cranking your furnace up to compensate for it will have your energy bills jumping through the roof every month.
Rubber is a natural product that will deteriorate over time, and the elements of nature can really take their toll throughout the years. When rubber begins to deteriorate, it will start getting very weak and brittle. When it does become brittle, it will brush off very easily, and that can lead to a broken seal along the pane and the window frame.
As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want to inspect your window seals once every couple of months to make sure they are still in good shape and aren’t deteriorating from the UV rays of the sun. While you’re inspecting your window seals, bring a cloth and some detergent with you and give them a good clean. Being aware of the condition of all of the window seals in your home will ensure that you won’t be dealing with unexpected and increased energy bills from month to month.
Another thing that homeowners need to be aware of is the levels of moisture in and around their windows. The majority of newer homes throughout Canada contain double or triple-pane windows that contain either gas or air between their panes. With argon gas or air between your window panes, the outdoor temperatures will have a much more difficult time getting through them. Triple-pane windows provide the most insulation, while single-pane windows provide the least.
As windows deteriorate, moisture will begin to gain access in between the panes of your windows, and that can lead to fogginess. Moisture build-up between windows is fairly easy to spot. To check for this in your windows, all you have to do is simply walk around to each window in the morning and see if there is any moisture and fog obstructing your view of the outdoors. If you catch this issue right away, there is a good chance that you’ll be able to get the issue repaired instead of having to spend more money and do a full window replacement through a window company.
Every window needs a proper seal in order to do its job properly, but weather can do a number on the home over the years. The weather conditions can cause:
- Drywall to crack
- Wood to expand
- Vinyl to warp
If you’ve recently just built a brand new home, things can take a while to settle. During that settling process, you might start seeing very small gaps in the area between your windows and the exterior walls. Air from the outdoors can begin seeping into your home as a result of these gaps, and it can also cause the air from the inside of your home to pour out. An issue like this can lower the energy efficiency of your home and cause your energy bills to be much higher from month to month. In addition, you’ll also be dealing with annoying drafts near each window, and no one wants that.
To make sure this issue doesn’t begin happening in your home, you’ll want to carefully inspect your windows every six months to see if there are any cracks in the caulk that surrounds your windows. If you do start to notice any cracks in your windows, you’ll want to get a window company to repair them as soon as you can so that your energy bills don’t increase.
Weather Stripping Replacement
If you’re not feeling too overwhelmed by all of these maintenance tips yet, another thing you’ll want to do is to inspect the weather stripping on your windows. Weatherstripping is manufactured from:
Weatherstripping is securely attached along with your window trims, and the purpose of them is to make sure water doesn’t get into the house. Weatherstripping also ensures that the seal along with the window and the frame are adequate. If your weatherstripping is doing its job, you won’t experience any cold and drafty air by each of your windows. If you do notice drafty air near your windows, then there is a good chance that your weatherstripping has been compromised. You’ll want to check the weatherstripping on your windows every couple of months. Bring a cloth with you and give things a good wipe down to ensure that no dirt or mold is starting to accumulate.
Many people get a window company to install new windows in their homes in order to increase security, and locks and latches are an important thing to be aware of when it comes to home security. Windows function through a wide variety of locks and latches, and people like to get fairly creative with the window hardware for their windows. It’s always good to check your window locks and latches to make sure they are working how they should be. Windows shouldn’t move when locks and latches are closed.
Sometimes rust can start to accumulate on your window hardware, and this can make using your locks and latches very difficult and frustrating. Always make sure that your locks and latches are maintained by keeping them dry and oiled.
Maintaining your windows on a regular basis is one of the best things you can do to ensure they have a long life. If you’re in the market for new windows or want more information on window maintenance, consider contacting Canglow Windows & Doors. They are a reputable and professional window contractor that provides top-quality products and windows to every customer they do business with.