With adequate care, windows are expected to last over a decade. There are times when you will need new windows before the end of their expected lifespan. This can be due to accidents or just poor maintenance habits. To help you extend your windows’ lifespan, here are the things you should refrain from doing.
1. Cleaning The Tracks Improperly
Homeowners should always be extra keen when it comes to cleaning and make certain even the tiniest spots are gone. If you’re having trouble moving or sliding your window, have the sashes and frames checked. There could be dirt or debris preventing its motion.
2. Leaving the Window Coverings Down
While shades and drapes do not cause condensation, they can trap moisture near your windows and prevent airflow. This can encourage mold growth and rot that can cause your window to require an immediate replacement.
3. Failing to Lock Your Windows
Remember that windows are equipped to work most efficiently when they are locked. It tightens the seal between the sash and weatherstripping, helping to eliminate drafts and outside noise. Always make sure to lock your windows when they are closed to prevent moisture.
4. Adding Storm Windows on Units With Low-E Coating
Low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings improve the energy efficiency of windows by reflecting heat from the sun. Windows with this feature will help keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter, saving you energy costs.
Renewal by Andersen® windows are engineered with our exclusive Fibrex® composite material. Give us a call today to learn more about our energy-efficient products and how you can save money by replacing your windows. Contact us here, or call (858) 935-8451 for consultations. We serve clients in San Diego, CA.