6 Tips for Extending the Lifespan of Your Windows

By Published On: April 26, 2024

Windows are more than home accessories — they’re investments in the safety and protection of your family. Ensuring they remain in top condition not only enhances your home’s aesthetics but also its energy efficiency, quality and value. To help you extend the lifespan of your windows, here are six practical maintenance tips from the team at the Window Experts and best practices for our homeowners:

Clean Your Windows Regularly 

Regular cleaning is essential for maintaining the appearance and functionality of your windows. Use a mild detergent or vinegar solution and a soft cloth to clean the glass, frames, and sills. Avoid abrasive cleaners or rough materials that could scratch the glass or damage the frame’s finish. Cleaning your windows every few months can prevent dirt and grime buildup, which can lead to deterioration over time.

Keep an Eye on Moving Parts

Windows with hinges, tracks, or other moving parts benefit from regular lubrication to ensure smooth operation. Use a silicone-based lubricant or a dry Teflon spray to lubricate hinges, tracks, and locks. Apply the lubricant sparingly to prevent excess buildup, which can attract dirt and debris. Lubricating your windows annually can prevent them from becoming stiff or difficult to open and close.

Inspect and Repair

Regular inspections can help identify minor issues before they escalate into major problems. Check for signs of damage such as cracks, gaps, or decay in the window frames, seals, or caulking. Addressing these issues promptly can prevent water infiltration, drafts, and energy loss. Replace damaged or deteriorated components as needed to maintain the integrity of your windows.

Seal Leaks

Leaky windows can lead to energy inefficiency and water damage if left unaddressed. Check for drafts around your windows, especially during windy weather or extreme temperature changes. Use weatherstripping or caulking to seal any gaps or cracks around the window frames. Additionally, consider installing storm windows or adding window film for extra insulation and protection against the elements. (Keeping window seals tight can also be a game changer for saving energy!)

Protect from Harsh Elements

South Florida is no stranger to harsh weather conditions. For many homeowners, protecting windows starts at purchasing high-quality hurricane impact windows from the beginning. You can also help protect your home at large by trimming nearby trees and shrubs to prevent branches from scratching or damaging the windows during storms.

Professional Maintenance

While many window maintenance tasks can be performed by homeowners, some tasks won’t be DIY-able. If you’re worried about your windows’ lifespans, give us a call at 561-477-6659 or click here to get a free quote from our team. The Window Experts are South Florida’s leaders in keeping you and your family safe with high-quality windows, patio doors, and exterior doors. 

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