window maintenanceWe all know that keeping our windows clean helps let in more light and provides us a better view. However, not all homeowners realize that there is window maintenance beyond just washing them. If you want your windows to perform as expected, you must care for them.

Windows Require Periodic Resealing

When your window company installed your windows, they put a layer of caulk around them, both inside and outside. Although the caulk on the inside rarely needs attention, the outside caulk needs replacing from time to time. At least once a year you should walk around your home and check that the caulk is a continuous bead around the entire window frame. If it is not, you’ll want to remove the cracked or peeling caulk and replace it. You need just a few tools easily found at your local home improvement store. If you don’t know how, check YouTube for some videos or click here for a step by step guide.

Wood Windows May Need Painting

As you likely know, wood and water don’t do well together. Pests also like bare wood. Those are two reasons why wood windows require constant re-painting. If your wood windows have peeling, chipped or bubbling paint, you need to repaint them. Of course, just repainting windows isn’t always advisable. You will likely want to sand them before repainting for the new paint to adhere and look great. This window maintenance can make the difference in your windows lasing and your needing to call a window company for new windows.

Screens, Sills and Weather Stripping

Even if you’re diligent about cleaning the windows themselves, don’t forget the screens and sills. Pollen, dirt and pests often get stuck in them. When you open your windows, that all blows into your home. When you clean them, look at the weather stripping if your windows have it. If it’s missing, peeling or appears irregular in parts, it should be replaced on that entire window.

Is It Time for New Windows?

Although proper maintenance should help your windows last and perform as expected for many years, there comes a point when you will need new windows. Blair Windows offers clad windows and vinyl windows that will never need repainting. As an independent window company, we offer many brands so you can get just the look you want at a price you can afford. Call us today for your free in-home estimate for replacement windows – (317) 356-4666 or fill out our contact form.

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