How To Expand Your Window’s Lifespan

| 24 July 2015

Among the many aspects of houses, windows can have the largest impact. They light up the room, help airflow throughout your house, give excellent views of the outside world, and can add a unique look to your home’s exterior. Making sure they are in good condition is important, and there are few simple ways to add a couple years to their lives.

Expanding Your Window's Lifespan

Protecting the exterior of your windows in the winter months is crucial. You can do this by cleaning your windows with an anti-freeze, or a rubbing alcohol and water mix. Two cups for every gallon of water will be sufficient to keep ice from building up along your windows. Keeping the ice away means that your windows seals, even on older windows, won’t break down as quickly.

Metal window screens protect your window and indoors from all kinds of damaging elements. Keeping these screens in good condition is one of the best ways to help your windows last longer. A yearly coating of spar varnish will keep them in proper working condition.

For aluminum screens, take them down every couple of months and wash them down with a rag dipped in kerosene. Wipe away any excess then let it dry as any leftover liquid will act as a rust inhibitor. When working with kerosene, be sure to be in a well ventilated area.

Make sure that your window frames are in good working condition. In extreme temperatures they can bow, causing the glass seal to break. Cleaning the frame with a water and soap solution and a soft rag will keep the frame up. Make sure there is no debris in the track or sill to keep the window operating effectively. It is also advised to avoid cleaning the exterior of the window with any kind of power washer or hose, as that can force water into the window.

If you have wooden windows, you need to be sure to keep up on your exterior maintenance. Painting and sealing your windows every year is a must. If you miss this yearly touchup than your window will be at risk to rotting. Doing this work has the added effect of improving your homes look. If you stay on top of them, they will look brand new years after they’ve been put in!

Double panned glass windows have a layer of air in-between the two glass sheets. This air, either argon or regular air, acts as insulation that reduces the heat loss in your home. As time goes on, you may notice condensation between the two panes. This is a sign that the seal on your windows is failing. Try putting in a small amount of silicate desiccant to absorb any moisture in the air. This is only a temporary fix however, and if the issue continues, you will have to consider replacing it.

When it comes down to it, having a professional install high-grade windows is the best way to ensure they’ll last a long time! Speak to one of our Landmark experts today to learn how we can help.

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