Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Windows
Have you ever wondered how long windows last? The answer to this question varies depending on the type of windows you have. For example, vinyl windows and wood windows have different life expectancies.
However, even the highest-quality windows can suffer damage. So, regardless of the material used to make your windows, routine window maintenance will help prevent damage and increase their lifespan.
We suggest carving out time each month for window maintenance. It doesn’t take a huge amount of time, and the benefits will be worth it: correcting an issue early on can save you money and time in the future.
While it is easy to forget about inspecting your windows, particularly when life gets hectic, it is vital to pay them regular attention.
The following maintenance tips can help prolong the life expectancy of your windows:
The environment, both inside and outside, significantly impacts your windows. So, to reduce the dust, dirt and debris buildup that can make it harder to open and close windows, it is essential to clean all parts of your window, including the glass, frame, casing and surrounding walls.
To ensure maximum protection, it is a good idea to clean your windows monthly with mild, gentle soap diluted in water.
It is also essential to regularly inspect your windows. You want to check the condition of your window frame and sash every season. You can look for signs of rot using a metal probe. This will highlight moisture infiltration.
It is also a good idea to check for signs of moisture in double and triple-glazed windows. If you see signs of moisture, it means the seal is warped, brittle or possibly broken.
If your windows have wooden frames, it is essential to repaint the frame each year to protect them from damage. For example, sunlight can make your window brittle, causing the paint to crack and peel off. If your window frames require painting, we recommend using water-based paint because it reduces the risk of peeling. You can also use tougher acrylic-urethane paint. Ensure to fill any tiny gaps between the window and framing material with durable caulk. For holes larger than a quarter-inch, use expanding foam to create a waterproof barrier.
If there are small gaps in the seals around your windows, heat will be able to escape, reducing your home’s energy efficiency. To combat this issue, replace all worn out seals with new ones.
Replacing cracked glass
If there are cracks in your window glass, it is essential to replace them as soon as possible. Cracked windows result in increased air leaks which may cause your heating or cooling systems to become ineffective.
In addition, when you replace cracked window glass, you make your home weather resistant again, keeping rainwater out and controlling excess air from entering your home.
At Britannia Glass, we can repair your cracked windows. From shop front window repairs to residential glass replacement and repairs, we handle it all. Call us on 0203 395 7161 to find out how we can help you!