Editors Note: This article was originally published on 09/05/18 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
If eyes are the windows to the soul, then are your windows the eyes of your house?
Philosophical questions aside, it’s essential to add window maintenance to your list of home improvement chores. When people forget about their window maintenance, it can ruin the appearance of the entire property.
As time goes by, it is natural that your windows will receive standard wear and tear. Common problems with old windows include:
Before letting your windows fall beyond repair, it will be essential to provide regular maintenance to your windows.
Read on to learn a few easy tips for window maintenance.
Regular maintenance doesn’t need to be a huge chore! By following the simple tips below, you’ll be able to keep your windows in great shape.
For wooden frames, with a damp cloth, you can quickly and easily remove dust and dirt.
Make sure your cloth isn’t too wet. Otherwise, you can cause the wooden frames to rot.
If you have vinyl or aluminum frames, then you will want to use warm water and mild soap or mild detergent to clean them.
Additionally, use a glass cleaner to leave your windows looking crystal clear.
Once every three months, you need to inspect your windows. You will catch any potential issues before they become more severe.
Begin by checking the window frame and sash for signs of rot. You can do this by pressing on the frame or using a utensil as a tool. Open and close the window to detect any potential issues.
If you have double-paned windows, you also need to check the panes for signs of moisture. If you see any, this means that the weather stripping needs to be replaced.
Finally, check if there are gaps between the window frame and the wall.
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If you notice unexplained increases in your electricity bills, it may be due to gaps around your windows. They cause the warm air in your home to escape leading to energy inefficiencies.
You can seal these gaps with spray foam insulation or calk. Additionally, you need to replace the rubber seals of your windows to prevent water leaks or air escaping from your home.
Plan to repaint your window frames every three to four years. Frequent inspection is essential, not only for their appearance, but the pain also helps to protect your windows from the elements.
Make sure you don’t paint over moving parts because this can cause the window to get stuck.
It’s crucial to attend to any damages that you discover immediately. If you ignore them or think, “I’ll just fix it next summer,” you’re liable to have your window deteriorate further.
One of the most common damages on windows, especially for older homes, is the wooden frames rotting. Of course, if you ignore this problem, the rot will spread.
You can temporarily fix the frame and prevent it from degrading further by using a tool like a screwdriver to remove the rotten wood and then filling the hole with putty.
For more significant damages such as broken window panes, you need to replace the frames immediately.
Follow these tips, and you can easily stay on top of your home window maintenance in spring and throughout the year. By doing so, you’re not just making sure that your home looks great from the outside.
You’re also saving with energy efficiency and keeping your family safe.
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