3 Maintenance Tips to Extend the Lifespan of Windows
You should love your windows. If you don’t, it’s time for an upgrade – replacement windows have so much to bring to your home! They boost curb appeal for one, and the right ones will help your home stay energy-efficient to boot.
According to ENERGY STAR, “Replacing old windows with ENERGY STAR certified windows lowers household energy bills by an average of 12 percent nationwide.”
Of course, like any aspect of your home’s exterior, windows won’t take care of themselves. It’s up to you as a homeowner to make sure they keep serving you. Luckily, it’s easy with the help of Platinum Restoration and the tips listed below!
Mind Your Hardware
Nobody likes having to force open a jammed window – is there anything more frustrating? What you may not know, though, is that that hardware is directly tied to the lifespan of your window as a whole.
Excessive strain on the hinges can lead to premature wear-and-tear. This leads to you needing to replace that part and a temporarily unavailable window.
Yearly lubrication is the best way to make sure your windows stay well-oiled. A silicone-based lubricant from a home improvement store should do the trick, but be sure to ask your window contractor for situation-specific advice beforehand.
Keep an Eye on Your Caulk Joints
Windows come installed with caulk joints. They’re the areas indoors and out where a sticky sealant is applied for extra protection against energy-sucking, comfort-killing drafts. But, just like anything that spends its life outdoors, weather and time will both take their toll on your caulk joints.
If caulk joints aren’t regularly inspected and redone when needed, you’ll let drafts in. Which is essentially the same thing as having a nonfunctional window in the first place!
While a well-done home window installation will hold up much better than a shoddy one against the Minnesota cold, minding your caulk joints is regardless a great way to make sure your windows serve you faithfully for years to come.
Seal and Repaint
If you’ve got vinyl windows, you’re in luck: These don’t need to be regularly sealed and/or painted for them to last!
Wooden and metal window frames, on the other hand, become vulnerable to the elements if their protective coating isn’t regularly reapplied. Your window contractor can direct you to the best maintenance routine to ensure your specific windows’ longevity.
Platinum Restoration: Your Preferred Local Roofing Contractor and Window Replacement Contractor
Have your windows seen better days? Our skilled team of window installation service pros is here to help. Reach our Ham Lake office today at 763-244-1474.