Like every other part of your home, windows have a finite service life. With proper care and maintenance, windows can last up to 20 years. Proper window care and maintenance includes avoiding certain habits that could result in damage to the windows. Local window installation company Renewal by Andersen® of Denver shares the most common window usage habits that you should avoid.
Leaving Window Treatments Closed
Window treatments are meant to control privacy and natural lighting, so you’re expected to close and open them when needed. Some homeowners prefer to keep window treatments closed at all times because they work at night and need to sleep during the day. Others do so because the room happens to be too visible from the curb. The problem with keeping windows closed all the time is it traps moisture and prevents ventilation through the windows.
Improper Cleaning Procedures
If you’ve had window installation done recently, chances are they’re “low-maintenance” types, to some degree. There are two things you should remember about low-maintenance windows: one, they should not be confused with “no-maintenance,” and two, different types mean different maintenance requirements. This means you still have to check window maintenance guides or ask your window contractor for instructions on how to properly clean your windows.
One of the most common mistakes homeowners commit is using pressure washers on their windows. Pressure washers are good for many things, such as cleaning concrete. However, they’re not suitable for windows, and you’ll likely cause damage to the finishes and window seals.
Not Cleaning the Sliding Window Tracks
Sometimes sliding windows get stuck in their frames, usually because of dirt and debris. Some homeowners force the windows open or closed, which results in damage to the window tracks. If this happens to your windows, don’t force them; most of today’s sliding windows are designed for easy cleaning. Also, keeping sliding windows clean helps prevent damage to its finish, which could be caused by friction between grit and the window tracks.
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