You know how much of an eyesore dirty windows can be. So to care for your brand new window installation, it helps to take a few measures to make sure they’re nice, clean and lasting. Windows take a lot of beating from the elements: heat and cold, dirt and debris, and maybe an occasional ball thrown by the neighborhood kids.
You can protect your new windows with the following tips that will guarantee the outlast their estimated lifespan.
1. Keep It Clean
There’s really no better way to make sure your windows are well taken care of than keeping them free from any visible dust or dirt. You don’t have to wipe all windows clean every day, but it helps to do it at least twice a week. More frequent cleaning can be done on windows exposed to main roads or other sources of heavy dust.
2. Avoid Excess Water and Use the Right Products
The frames are vulnerable to rot, especially wooden ones in a casement or a bay window. It’s tempting to hose down the windows as a shortcut for cleaning, but that’s a bad idea. You run the risk of causing early decay. Use a damp cloth for a thorough wipe down and use a glass cleaner for the vinyl and glass components.
3. Seal the Gaps
Gaps are a huge drain on your heating costs. If you notice the rubber seals around your windows are starting to wear out, consider replacing them entirely. You may also seal any possible leaks with caulking or spray-form insulation, especially while they’re still small. Re-paint your windows as well every three or four years to discourage rust and other forms of deterioration.
4. Have It Professionally Inspected
The best way to guarantee your windows’ longevity is to have them inspected at least once a year. A professional can check for any signs of damage and wear and tear and also help your home prepare for the seasonal weather changes.
Renewal by Andersen® of Phoenix offers a comprehensive range of window services. Give us a call today at (602) 562-1176 and ask us about our free, no-obligation consultations. We serve Phoenix and Tempe, AZ, as well as the neighboring areas.