To keep your windows in good condition, it’s important to perform regular window maintenance. Whether you are doing it yourself or hiring a professional, regular window maintenance is the best thing you can do to maintain the value of your home and save money.
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Performing Regular Window Maintenance
Before you can perform maintenance, it's a good idea to figure out what type of windows you have and to examine your windows carefully for issues. Different types of windows are likely to have different problems. Do you have a triple-paned window? Then you will need to check for condensation between the panes. What kind of window frames do you have, vinyl or wood? Each has the potential to develop issues that are unique to that type of frame.
Additionally, you’ll want to check to see if you have window screens and determine whether they are torn or damaged. And don’t forget to check each window for proper function. Do your windows open and close properly? Do the locks work? These questions will help you know what to look for as you perform your regular maintenance and will narrow down how to fix them.
Homeowner Window Maintenance
As a homeowner, there are a number of simple window maintenance tasks you can do yourself:
Inspect your windows every year. Look for imperfections such as leaks, cracks in the material or chips in the paint, cracked sealant, or problems with the sliding sashes or cranks. Check your windows carefully after big storms as well.
Keep an eye on the caulking around the windows. Caulking is a type of sealant that will keep your windows watertight. Even the smallest cracks can let in water and cause further damage. These cracks are most common at the bottom corners of windows and in between windows.
Look at the wood finish and note any imperfections. Look at both interior and exterior finishes for corrosion, peeling, or cracking. This damage can come from UV rays and weather. You will also want to look for rot. If you find any, you can scrape out the rotten areas and fill them with epoxy putty. Add new layers o
Clean and lubricate your window tracks. Your window tracks are actually more important than the glass - a dirty track means a stuck window. Use a dry brush to clear away dirt and debris or soap and water for more stubborn dirt. You should also apply some oil-free lubricant to your window track. Oil-based lubricants
Check the fit of your window. Sometimes extreme temperatures or moisture can cause changes to the shape and size of your window or window frame. This can make it more difficult for windows to open and shut and cause your windows to be less energy efficient. Check each part of your window to see if it still fits snug
Clean your windows! This should happen more than once a year. Clean glass will make it easier to detect any damage to the glass.
Professional Window Maintenance
One of the best ways to get your regular window maintenance checklist done is to hire a professional to do it for you. A window maintenance professional should use the same checklist any homeowner would use, but they should also be able to spot problems that are just starting to develop. A trained eye is more likely to catch window problems before they become expensive repairs. A trained window professional will also be able to make any necessary repairs or help you install storm windows if you need them. Plus, they can point out anything that may be making your windows less energy efficient and make suggestions that can save you money.
At Storm Guard, we offer a no-obligation window assessment. We will help you determine if your windows are damaged and help you make the best choice when you are ready to upgrade your windows. When a professional performs regular maintenance, you get more than just weather-tight windows. You also get a clean bill of health, peace of mind, and even higher property values.
Why is Window Maintenance So Important?
Window maintenance helps you stay ahead of any damage that may come from water, cracks, or loss of insulation in your windows. Why spend more money on a problem you could have avoided with a few small maintenance tasks? Not only does regular maintenance save you money on pricey replacements, it will also help ensure that your home is as energy efficient as possible. A drafty window can increase your energy bill by $10-$20 a month. By doing regular window maintenance, you can save both time and money!
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If you are ready to experience all that professional window maintenance has to offer, it’s easy to find a Storm Guard Service Provider near you! You can find your closest franchise by entering your zip code into our locator. We’ll take care of the rest! We know it’s hard to find someone you trust. No matter your needs, Storm Guard is ready to offer our efficient, high-quality services.
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