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Annual Window Maintenance Tips

7/8/2016 10:32:51 AM

Since replacement windows are a hefty investment, you're wise to seek advice on extending the life of the windows you already have installed. Wood windows especially require annual maintenance to maintain their beauty and functionality. Even if you have low-maintenance vinyl, fiberglass or aluminum windows, it doesn't hurt to perform a bit of maintenance to help them last as long as possible.

The following tips are simple, inexpensive and relatively quick to perform, yet they have a substantial impact on the long-term appearance of your windows.

Lubricate Moving Parts

Regardless of what type of windows you have, you should clean and lubricate the contact points of operable windows twice a year – once in the spring and again in the fall. First open the window and vacuum up any dust, dirt and sand that has accumulated on the track. You may discover that more debris accumulates in ground floor windows.

Next, lubricate the track with a silicone-based lubricant (not petroleum-based). Wear hand and clothing protection when applying the lubricant, and cover any parts of the window you don't intend to lubricate. Avoid loosening hardware or disassembling the window. This is unnecessary and could even void your warranty!

Wood Window Maintenance

When your wood windows were originally installed, they should have been painted or stained and sealed against the elements. As these coatings begin to chip or peel away, sand them down and repaint or stain them to restore a high-quality look. This advice applies to both interior and exterior window frames.

On a more regular basis, wash your window frames with a mild soap and warm water to remove dust and dirt. Avoid using abrasive cleaners.

Vinyl, Fiberglass and Aluminum Window Maintenance

These types of windows are praised for their low maintenance requirements. Still, they're not completely maintenance free if you want them to look great for as long as possible. When the window frames start to look grimy, clean them with a non-abrasive cleaner – mild dish soap and warm water should suffice. To remove scuffs and difficult stains, use a mild sink or counter cleaning cream. Avoid solvents or stripping agents, since these could cause your windows to lose their luster.

If you have vinyl-, fiberglass- or aluminum-clad windows with wood on the interior, clean and seal the interior wood window frames as needed to maintain a beautiful appearance for years to come.

More Care and Maintenance Tips

For more specific instructions on caring for your Weather Shield windows, check out our Care & Maintenance page. Here you can download free operation and maintenance guides to help protect your investment. For answers to your remaining unanswered questions, or to shop for replacement windows, please contact Weather Shield for assistance from one of our qualified representatives.

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