Most homeowners have to invest in replacement windows at some point in time. Whether windows get damaged or they simply get too old to function efficiently, it is rare for a house to have the same windows for more than 25 years or so.
If the time has come for you to start thinking about having replacement windows installed – or if you recently had new windows put into your Carolina home – the information in this guide will help you keep them in great shape for as long as possible.
Homeowners sometimes don’t realize that, barring a natural disaster like a hurricane, they actually have a lot of control over how long their windows last. Here, you will discover some tips that will help you take the best possible care of your new replacement windows.
Clean them on a regular basis.
Regular cleaning is one of the simplest ways to keep residential windows in great condition for years to come. Never underestimate how important it is to take the following steps every week or two:
- Wipe down the window pane with a microfiber cloth so the glass pane doesn’t get scratched. This will remove built-up dust and dirt that accumulates in every house.
- Make glass sparkle with high-quality glass cleaner or a mixture of warm water and your preferred detergent in a spray bottle.
- Get rid of stubborn issues like bird droppings with a vinegar and water mixture.
- Do not forget to wipe down the sill, jambs, and entire frame with a cloth to remove grime.
Keep up with any necessary repairs.
Sometimes windows get damaged and don’t actually need to be fully replaced. Instead, they can be repaired so they’ll last for many more years. Keeping up with any necessary repairs is a key way to keep your windows in good shape longer.
- If a window pane in your home gets cracked, call a professional right away. The glass can probably be replaced relatively inexpensively before serious damage to the window occurs.
- If you have screens on your windows, check them for rips and tears periodically. Replacing broken screens is a good way to protect your window glass from getting scratched or otherwise damaged.
- If you have wooden window frames, giving them a fresh coat of paint every summer or two can prolong their lifespans. Cracked, peeled, or bubbling paint can leave raw wood exposed to the elements, leading to serious issues like water damage and wood rot.
Don’t ignore window seal red flags.
Most modern windows are double-paned or triple-paned. To prevent the insulating argon gas between each pane from escaping, window manufacturers use window seals. When these seals break, a number of problems can occur.
If you notice condensation forming on the inside of a window pane, it’s a major red flag that a seal has failed. Generally, if you catch the problem early, a partial window replacement – just the panes rather than the frame, too – can solve the issue.
If you have any questions about replacing the windows in your North Carolina or South Carolina residence, the Hatch Homes team is here to give you the answers you need. We have experience installing a wide range of windows, from standard double-hung and casement styles to decorative bay and bow designs. Contact us today to get started!