The best replacement windows can last up to 20 years. With some maintenance, they can go far beyond that. Many homeowners who get their windows from reputable manufacturers and installers like Renewal by Andersen® enjoy their new windows for a lifetime.
There are practices in maintaining windows, however, that can shorten the life of your windows. These are the worst window habits that you should avoid:
Covering Windows All the Time
Whenever you want to limit natural light or improve privacy, you use blinds and other window coverings. This does not cause condensation to form on your windows, but it can prevent airflow and trap moisture close to the windows. Mold and mildew grow when there is always moisture in an area. It can also cause rot not just to susceptible window materials, but also to the area around them. You can prevent this problem simply by raising your window coverings more often, especially during winter.
Using a Storm Window Over a Low-E Window
Low-emissivity (Low-E) coated windows prevent excessive heating by reflecting sunlight. If you get Low-E replacement windows and cover them with a storm window, you may be slowly damaging your windows. The storm windows and the Low-E windows will trap the heat between the panes of glass, causing overheating that might reach levels high enough to destroy your new windows.
Sloppy Washing Habits
When you clean your siding or brick walls, be careful with that power washer. While it might not damage what you’re actually cleaning, it can damage your windows, particularly the seals around them, if you hit them by accident. The same is true if you use harsh chemicals like muriatic acid, which is often present in cleaning solutions meant for masonry. Be more careful when cleaning areas around your windows.
Not Cleaning Window Tracks
It’s great when your windows operate smoothly, but that can change when dirt and grime start to build up. If dirt gets into the tracks of your sliding windows, it can make operating the windows harder. The problem gets worse the more you force your windows to operate. Another tip is to always lock your windows when they’re closed to complete the airtight seal that keeps them energy-efficient and prevents moisture intrusion. This can be difficult to do when they are dirty.
Clean the tracks whenever you clean your windows to prevent this from happening. Ignoring this issue can damage your windows and shorten their lifespan.
The best replacement windows are a considerable investment that can make your home more comfortable, energy-efficient and beautiful. They can also raise your home’s market value. So, care for your windows. Renewal by Andersen of Northwest Ohio can help you choose the right windows and install them using the best methods. Call us today at (419) 931-6970, or use this form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. We work with homeowners in Bowling Green, Perrysburg and Sylvania, OH.