4 Tips for Maintaining Your Windows

You’ve just installed your new Polar Windows, now what? Well, your work is not over. The windows will need a little more of your time and attention, in order to keep them working efficiently and maximizing values.

Here are 5 tips for maintaining your home replacement windows:

1. Include them in your annual home maintenance checklist
Whenever you decide to do an overhaul on your home, make sure to include “window inspections” as part of the maintenance checklist. Inspect the exterior and interior sides of your replacement windows to make sure everything is in working order.

2.  Make repairs immediately
Small repairs will save you time on major repairs. If you notice a little dint in your window one day, be sure not to ignore it; eventually, it will turn into a larger dent.

3. Carefully inspect the weather stripping
The weather stripping is one of the most important parts of a window because it protects heat loss and gain. You want to inspect and replace it when necessary, in order to ensure your home enjoys maximum energy efficiency throughout the year.

4.  Caulk!
Caulking is something you should always have on hand. Inspect the exterior caulking, where the edges of your window meet the siding and interior walls. Any cracks, chips, or missing pieces on your window will need to be re-caulked to prevent water damage.

Remember, if you ever have issues with your Polar Windows, you’ll be covered with our lifetime transferable warranty.

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Dos and Don’ts for Window Maintenance

Purchasing a home is a large investment. With the initial purchase cost and the daily upkeep, it is easy to see why many homeowners become overwhelmed. Fortunately, general maintenance for certain areas of the home, like the windows, is simple. If homeowners understand the general do’s and don’ts for window maintenance, they can keep them looking great and functioning efficiently.

Do’s

Cleaning is one of the most important parts of maintaining a window. Homeowners should wipe down all window frames to remove the dust, dirt, and grime weekly. Cleaning the window panes is also essential. Most homeowners know that the glass panes do not have to be cleaned each day, but using a specialized glass cleaner every few weeks is key to window maintenance. Not only will this keep the windows looking their best, but they will also be free from any potential damage.

Homeowners should also periodically inspect the weather stripping and hardware of the windows. If there is any missing weather stripping or if hardware is rusted or cracked, homeowners should replace it as soon as possible.

Don’ts

There are many homeowners that will use harsh chemicals to clean their homes, including their window panes. This is not a smart method for maintaining specialized glass because petroleum-based chemicals and solvents can cause damage.

Homeowners should not reduce weather stripping. Doing so will leave the home more susceptible to energy loss. By removing weather stripping, cold and warm outdoor air is allowed to infiltrate the indoor space, resulting in HVAC systems working harder to regulate the proper temperature, which can lead to an increase in energy bills.

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