Windows need routine maintenance here and there to ensure they function properly and to maximize their lifespan. Today, Renewal by Andersen® of Portland, your local source of replacement windows, shares three bad window maintenance habits you need to avoid at all costs.
1. Sloppy Siding Maintenance
When you are cleaning your exterior siding using a pressure washer or high-powered hose, be sure not to let water or the solution splash on the windows. Certain cleaners can cause the window’s seal to deteriorate, leading to condensation between glass panes and energy escaping from your interior. In some cases, this can void the window’s warranty.
2. Keeping Windows Unlocked
Locking replacement windows helps tighten the seal between the sash and weatherstripping. This way, drafts are eliminated and outdoor noise is reduced. Keeping them closed but not locked can allow moisture to find its way inside your home. Before certain signs of moisture infiltration like condensation and mold appear, make it a habit to lock your windows when not being used.
3. Leaving Windows Dirty
Your windows need to be cleaned from time to time to ensure they look and perform their best. Failure to clean your windows regularly doesn’t just drag down your home’s curb appeal–it can also cause your windows to wear down faster as dirt and debris gets lodged in the tracks, leading to poor operation and other issues.
At Renewal by Andersen of Portland, we offer high-quality replacement windows to make your home beautiful and achieve acceptable levels of comfort and energy efficiency all year round. Call us today at to learn more. You may also fill out our contact form for a free in-home consultation. We serve residents of West Linn, Tigard and Beaverton, OR.