Windows play multiple roles to keep your home lovely, comfortable and energy-efficient. But if you want to make the most of their life and performance, you’ll need to keep them in good shape. This means being more careful about how you do maintenance. The top window replacement company in the area, Renewal by Andersen® of Portland, discusses some of the bad window maintenance habits to avoid:
- Forgetting to lock your windows. If you need to close your windows, make sure to lock them after. This allows for a tighter seal between the sash and the weatherstrip. Because there are no gaps where drafts can leak in, and costly heating or cooling energy to leak out, you can prevent significant energy loss in your home.
- Leaving window treatments down. Condensation in windows is just as common in winter as it is in summer. Lowering the window covering can help prevent this. But the fact is that doing so allows moisture to become trapped near the windows. This leads to mold and rot in the frames that–when overlooked–can cause severe damage to the units and may prompt a window replacement. Before this happens, raise the window treatment so that its lowest part is just a few inches above the base of the window sill.
- Cleaning your windows carelessly. If you want your windows sparkling, avoid washing them down with soapy water. After all, the keyword is cleaning, not washing. Instead, use a spray bottle with a mild cleaning solution and a clean, lint-free cloth. This way, the liquid won’t splash all over the windows, eliminating the potential for mold growth while allowing you to dry them much easier. And another tip: schedule your window cleanup on a cloudy day so the cleaner won’t dry too quickly on the windows.
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What happens when maintenance doesn’t work anymore? Then your best option is high-quality window replacement from the leading window company, Renewal by Andersen® of Portland. With us handling this project, we’ll make sure your experience goes on safely and smoothly. We proudly serve the areas in and around Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA. Call us today at (503) 912-2668 or fill out this contact form to schedule your window replacement evaluation.