Now that you have invested in installing new windows in your home, it is time to start thinking about ways to make them last. Ultimately, you want to get the most out of your money while also enjoying an energy-efficient home. With the right strategies, you can achieve these goals and extend the life of your new windows.
Preventative home maintenance means paying attention to important areas around your home, including windows. Schedule a little time each year to do a visual inspection of your windows. Look for any cracks, leaks, chips in the paint or sealant, or any problems with smoothly opening, closing, and locking windows.
Clean and Lubricate Window Components
You probably spend some time wiping down the glass on your windows, but you also need to pay attention to the tracks. It is easy for dirt to build up in the area, which will cause your window to stick and become difficult to operate. In most cases, you can simply remove dirt with a dry brush. For more stubborn grime, soap and water will usually do the trick.
Once the tracks are clean, you can apply lubricant. Stay away from oil-based lubricants since the oil will only attract dirt. You should be able to find several oil-based options at your local hardware store.
Inspect the Window Fit
The perfect window fit you experience on installation day is likely to change over time. Exposure to different temperatures and weather conditions can cause expansion and contraction. Cumulative wear and tear from repetitive use may also affect the overall fit. Finally, keep in mind that houses tend to settle over time. You may be able to adjust and improve the fit and/or add caulk to make sure that everything is still as energy-efficient as possible.
Call the Professionals
If there is extensive wood or caulk damage or you have noticed a crack in one of the panes, you may want to call in the professionals. They will be able to use their knowledge and skills to improve the overall functionality and performance of your windows to prevent further damage and extend their life.
For more window maintenance tips and answers to all your questions, call the experts at Gerald Jones Company. We proudly serve homeowners throughout Durham and the Triangle.