7 Bad Window Maintenance Habits to Avoid

Proper window maintenance is essential to keeping your home looking great and functioning efficiently. This means making sure you avoid committing certain bad habits that can compromise your windows’ longevity and performance. Read on as Renewal by Andersen® highlights seven things you should avoid when maintaining your windows.

1. Ignoring Signs of Damage

Never ignore obvious signs of window damage; otherwise, you’re bound to pay more for frequent repairs down the road the longer you delay repairs. If you notice cracks, chips, or fogging between the glass panes, get in touch with a professional for inspection and repair (or even a possible replacement).

2. Using Cleaners With Harsh Chemicals

You may think using the strongest cleaning solution on your windows will quickly remove dirt and grime, but harsh chemicals can cause more harm than good. They can damage window surfaces and even weaken seals. Instead, opt for mild, non-abrasive cleaning products designed for windows to ensure a thorough cleaning without causing damage.

3. Neglecting Window Hardware

Your window hardware plays a vital role in the overall function of your windows. As such, keep its hardware in good shape by regularly cleaning and lubricating it. This is especially important for certain styles, such as casement windows, which rely on well-maintained hardware for smooth operation.

4. Overlooking Weather Stripping

Weather stripping helps seal gaps around your windows, keeping drafts and moisture out. Over time, however, it can wear out or become damaged, leading to poorer window performance. Keep an eye on your weather stripping and replace it as needed to maintain optimal window function.

5. Failing to Inspect Window Seals

Properly sealed windows help in ensuring energy efficiency and preventing moisture from entering your home. If your window seals show signs of wear or damage, such as peeling or cracking, it’s time to repair or replace them. Regularly inspecting and addressing seal issues can help you maintain a comfortable, energy-efficient home.

6. Not Cleaning Window Tracks

Dirty window tracks can hinder your windows from opening and closing smoothly. They can also cause damage to the window sash and other components. To keep your windows operating at their best, clean the window tracks regularly with a small brush or vacuum attachment.

7. Delaying Window Replacement

Sometimes, even the best maintenance practices can’t save old or damaged windows. If minor repairs are insufficient, it may be time for a window replacement. New windows can dramatically improve your home’s energy efficiency, safety, and appearance. Common signs a window replacement is due include excessive noise, drafts, and difficulty opening and closing the windows.

If you’re concerned about your windows’ condition or need guidance on proper maintenance, you can count on Renewal by Andersen. Our experts will ensure your windows are well taken care of, providing you with peace of mind and a more comfortable home. For an appointment, call (206) 775-7533, or fill out our contact form!

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