One of the most important aspects of home renovation is the maintenance of your windows. Learn how to keep your windows looking new and lasting longer.
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There are many home renovation projects that can be done to ensure that your home is safe, secure, and comfortable. You may have considered replacing, upgrading, or simply repairing your roof, or maybe even have some of your walls and windows replaced or repaired.
It may seem daunting at first, especially when you are new to home renovations, but rest assured, most home renovation companies would love to keep you informed about the installation and maintenance of your home’s interior and exterior. One of the most important aspect of home renovation is window maintenance.
Our windows are essential for protection against the elements. They also give us the control to save on energy bills. Those elements can range from the weather, insects, or molds, which can slowly weaken the integrity of the window sill or frame. Rest assured, though, that if we can adequately maintain our windows, we can lessen or prevent this from happening.
The maintenance of our windows in our homes boils down to two aspects: cleaning and operation. Indeed, we have to keep our windows clean to ensure that no mold or dirt may compromise the functionality and aesthetics of the window.
We can keep our windows’ functionality and likewise make them pleasing to the eyes. Keeping proper maintenance of your windows will also ensure their durability and function, giving you less of a headache to worry about.
Before proceeding with the maintenance of your windows, a proper inspection should be done first. This will address any problems and find the solutions that can be applied.
Some telltale signs on what to look for are cracks or loose caulk. You can also check for moisture damage, especially if the window frame is made of wood. Leaks may also be present, indicating that there are gaps or cracks in the flashing or caulk.
The painting will protect the wood from developing peeling and cracks over time. Yearly maintenance is suggested to ensure that the product is weathering well. As for vinyl or composite materials, painting will be just fine, and it will keep your windows looking new. Paint will also hinder insects from getting in and infiltrating your window sill.
This step can be a bit time-consuming. However, it is vital especially for old windows that may have endured damage from the elements. Caulking is the addition of adhesive to make sure there are no gaps and cracks in the window frame. Proper caulking is necessary to avoid any leaks within the window frame.
On the other hand, flashing is also done to prevent leaks and moisture build-up inside windows, mainly if you use three-layered glass-type windows. You may need to have the caulk or flashing of the window replaced if you see that there are already cracks or signs of leakage.
Regular cleaning of the windows is essential to prevent the build-up of molds or mildew. Cleaning your windows can show what needs to be repaired (or replaced) from time to time. There are many ways on how to clean your windows by using cleaning solutions or chemicals.
Alternatively, using a one-to-one (1:1) ratio of white vinegar and water as a cleaning agent can be used. Proper wiping and vacuuming of hard-to-reach spaces also helps.
Some types of windows may have tracks, weather stripping, or jamb liners. These moving parts need to be lubricated. Neglecting this may lead to your windows getting jammed or having a minor screeching noises when moved.
A silicone-based lubricant will help loosen up those moving parts. But be sure to first clean the window and the bases before adding in the lubricant. Be sure to move the window parts to ensure that the lubricant distributes evenly.
The cost of maintaining your windows is relatively inexpensive, especially when you opt for DIY. Should you feel conflicted about the idea of doing it yourself or need further information on the project that you would want to tackle, you can always consider having a professional look at it.
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