Regular maintenance can make your windows last for at least two decades. However, you should be mindful of how you take care of and use them. Other factors that can affect the lifespan of windows include usage, local weather conditions, and frame material.
One of the area’s leading window and siding contractors share bad window maintenance habits homeowners should avoid.
Adding Storm Windows on Units With Low-E Coating
Low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings are one feature people look for when shopping for new windows. They improve the energy efficiency of windows by reflecting heat from the sun. Windows with Low-E coatings will help keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter, saving you energy costs. However, when you install a storm window on a unit with a Low-E coating, the sun’s energy gets trapped. As a result, the panes of glass can become extremely hot and possibly cause property damage.
Forgetting to Clean Window Tracks
Experienced home exterior remodeling companies suggest paying attention to the tacks of your windows and doors. Filthy tracks can make windows difficult to operate. Check the area where the window sash meets the frame and make sure to keep it free from dirt and debris. Doing so will keep your windows operating smoothly and prevent corrosion.
Carelessly Washing Windows
No matter what your siding material is, always be careful when washing near your windows. When using a high-powered hose or abrasive chemicals and cleaning solutions, make sure they do not touch your windows. Those types of equipment and solutions can damage the seal of your windows, causing fogginess between the glass and loss of energy efficiency.
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