Annual Window Maintenance Tips
Just like with your car, air conditioning system, or other appliances, proper maintenance is necessary for windows to keep them working at their best—for longer. There are several simple things that you can—and should—do every year to keep your windows looking and functioning their best, while also extending their lifespan.
These things are inexpensive, simple, and relatively quick to complete, but the impact can be tremendous.
Maintaining Moving Components
For any windows with moving parts, regular maintenance and lubrication can significantly extend the life of the windows. As a standard rule of thumb, you should lubricate the contact points in your windows in the spring and again in the fall. Over time, dust, dirt, and even sand (depending on location) can accumulate and must be regularly removed to ensure that the window opens and closes easily.
If your windows are frequently exposed to high winds or are located on the ground level, they may need more frequent cleaning and lubrication.
When lubricating your window units, there are several dos and don’ts that you need to know. Always use a silicone lubricant, do not use a petroleum based lubricant. Always be sure to protect your clothing and hands to prevent rashes or burns that can sometimes occur from direct contact with lubricants. Do not disassemble your window hardware or loosen screws. This is not necessary and could even void your warranty!
Care Tips by Window Type
All windows are not the same and they should not be treated that way when it comes to maintenance. Wood windows are very different from fiberglass, vinyl, and aluminum windows and should be cared for in their own unique ways.
Caring for Wood Windows
Wood windows, most commonly made of treated pine (but many other types of wood as well), can and should be painted or stained. This will help seal in the wood’s beauty, while also sealing out moisture—extending the life of the wood and window. Paint and stain should be applied as necessary if it begins to peel or chip.
In between re-painting or staining, windows should be regularly cleaned with warm soap and water. Do not use abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals.
Caring for Vinyl, Fiberglass, and Aluminum Windows
Vinyl, fiberglass, and aluminum windows require significantly less maintenance than wood windows, but they are not maintenance free. They must be lubricated as we indicated above, but they should also be cleaned regularly. Use a non-abrasive cleanser—mild soap and warm water is generally sufficient to keep your windows looking beautiful.
Never use any form of solvents or stripping compounds. This can cause your windows to lose their luster and shine.
If you have wood-clad interiors, like many Weather Shield windows do, they should be regularly cleaned and sealed or painted as necessary.