How to Properly Maintain Your Windows

| 22 August 2013

Smooth Operation

  • DO lubricate the moving parts of window and door hardware, if they are not operating smoothly. Use only a spray silicone product to lubricate moving parts, being careful not to apply excessive amounts. Wipe up any drips or spills. In salt-air environments, monthly cleaning and lubrication may be necessary to preserve function.
  • DO inspect weather stripping on operable windows and doors to be sure it seals evenly when closed.
  • DO make certain that the track area is kept clean. Frequent vacuuming will clear any accumulated dirt and dust.
  • DO adjust sliding door rollers for proper height clearances. Door rollers are adjusted with a screwdriver through access holes in either the end or side of the sliding panel, located near the bottom of the panel.
  • DO adjust rolling screen doors to slide smoothly. Use a screwdriver, in all four corners, to make adjustments.
  • DO check on the sliding door lock strike placement, if you adjust the door rollers. Adjustment is made by loosening screw fasteners, moving strike plate and tightening. Re-check for proper lock operation.

Glass care

Proper care of your window and door glass is important to gain the maximum effectiveness of insulating, low-e or reflective glass. Any of the DON’T actions listed below can damage the glass surface or destroy the insulating glass seal.
  • DO clean glass with a mild dish-soap and water solution. Rinse completely with clean water and wipe dry with a soft cloth to avoid water spots.
  • DO avoid washing glass in direct sunlight, for best results.
  • DO clean screens by first removing, then washing them on a clean, flat surface with a mild soap and water solution using a soft brush. Rinse, dry and reinstall.
  • DON’T use any petroleum-based cleaners or caustic chemicals on your glass.
  • DON’T use a razor blade, abrasive pad or putty knife to clean the glass.
  • DON’T use a high-pressure spray nozzle when rinsing your glass after washing.

Smooth Operation

Windows and doors use a simple drainage system or weep holes, which are designed in the frame itself. These water drainage pathways must be kept clean and clear of any obstructions to operate effectively. It’s normal for water to accumulate in the sill or track area. The weep system is designed to allow the water to drain as water builds up, or when outside wind pressure subsides. Clogged weep holes may prevent excess water from draining. Over time, this standing water can damage your window and lead to structural damage from mold, mildew and wood rot.
  • DO regularly inspect the exterior perimeter of your window and door frames for any cracks, or cracks in the adjacent siding material that can cause moisture to penetrate. If a crack appears, use a good grade of sealant.
  • DO use a small, soft brush to clear openings.
  • DO make sure that exterior weep holes are clear of any debris, stucco or other obstructions.
  • DO keep all sill or track surfaces clean of dirt and debris.

Customer Maintenance Responsibility

  • Regularly clean windows, as well as tracks
  • Lubricate track and keep free of debris
  • Weep holes must be kept free of debris
  • Inspect caulking, as it is not covered under the warranty and may require replacement. **Please note: any rotten wood caused by not maintaining the caulking is not the responsibility of Landmark.
  • Any exposed wood — head, jambs, seat, trims — must be sealed, stained or painted to prevent absorption of moisture and staining.
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