Windows play a crucial role in the comfort, safety and energy efficiency of your home, and proper maintenance is key to keeping them in top shape. However, many homeowners unknowingly develop bad habits that can lead to costly repairs or even the need to prematurely replace windows. In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Central Pennsylvania will discuss the common window maintenance mistakes and offer tips on how to avoid them.
Bad Habit #1: Neglecting to Clean Windows Regularly
Cleaning your windows may seem like a simple task, but it’s a crucial step in preserving their longevity and performance. Dirt, dust and grime can build up on the glass and frames, potentially causing damage over time. It’s generally recommended to clean your windows at least twice a year, although you may want to clean them more frequently if you live in a particularly dusty or pollen-heavy area.
Bad Habit #2: Using Harsh Chemicals on Windows
When it comes to cleaning your windows, using harsh chemicals can do more harm than good. Abrasive cleaners and strong solvents can damage your windows, strip away protective coatings and corrode the frames. Instead, opt for mild, non-abrasive soaps and gentle cleaning solutions to keep your windows sparkling and damage-free.
Bad Habit #3: Ignoring Damaged Seals and Weatherstripping
Damaged seals and weatherstripping can lead to drafts, leaks and increased energy costs, so it’s essential to address these issues promptly. Inspect your windows regularly for any signs of damage and consider reaching out to a professional if you notice any issues. Timely repairs can help prevent further damage and save you from more expensive replacement costs later.
Bad Habit #4: Overlooking Cracks and Chips in Glass
While small cracks or chips in your window glass may not seem like a big deal, they can compromise the integrity of the window and even pose safety risks. If you spot any damage, consult a professional to determine if a repair is possible or if it’s time to have it replaced.
Bad Habit #5: Not Inspecting Window Frames and Sashes
Window frames and sashes are just as important as the glass itself. Regularly check for signs of rot, warping or other damage that could affect the performance of your windows. If you need a durable set of windows, consider Renewal by Andersen’s windows made with Fibrex®, a composite material that combines the best qualities of wood and vinyl.
Invest in New Windows!
Breaking these bad window maintenance habits is essential for keeping your windows in peak condition and ensuring they last for years to come. Remember to clean and inspect your windows regularly and address any issues promptly. But if your windows are on their last legs and you decide to replace them, look no further than Renewal by Andersen of Central Pennsylvania for high-quality window replacement services. Call us today at (717) 591-4900, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.