- Keep windows clean: You see your main windows everyday, so you may overlook the fact that they are pretty dirty. Dirt, dust, pollen and stains from dried, dirty water are common types of debris you’ll find on the outside of window glass. The inside panel can have the same debris, but you should also toss in saliva from dog or cat licks, handprints and traces of glass cleaning solution. In addition, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe away debris buildup from windowsills, joints, tracks and frames.
- Inspect frames: Window glass is not the only thing you need to check for problems. Inspect window frames—including the windowsill and moldings—for wood warping or metal deterioration, and look closely at frame connectors for missing hardware, or glue that’s lost its holding power. Regular inspections are important to ensure that window frames are in good condition and free of damage that can lead to costly repairs.
- Check for signs of moisture: Window glass is susceptible to moisture when cracked or if there’s a problem with the frame. Signs of damaging moisture include mold or mildew along the edge of the glass or frame, bubbling paint and warping windowsills. Also, if a part of your window is malfunctioning, you may see moisture in double or triple pane window glass in the form of condensation or fog. Ignore these signs and you could end up needing window replacement in Highlands Ranch, CO.
- Check weather stripping: A window is like a lens that lets you see what’s going on outside, which means it’s a barrier between the inside of your house and the external elements. Thus, ineffective weather stripping will cause all sorts of problems. But keep in mind that depending on the type of window installation, weather stripping and other seals may not be in plain sight. In this case, should you detect issues, it’s best to schedule an inspection with a window professional. Otherwise, check the weather stripping material for damage, like bends, breaks, cracks and looseness—missing sections need immediate replacement. And don’t forget to clean weather stripping every so often as a preventive measure against damage.
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Because there are so many windows in your home, you may not pay them any mind until it’s too late, which may require you to replace a window that might’ve been salvageable if properly cared for. This is why it’s important to perform regular and proper care for your glass windows—including frames, sills, paint and seals—just as you would any other part of your home. With that in mind, let’s look at some maintenance tips to keep your new window replacement in Aurora, CO in good condition for years to come:
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