Well-built window replacement units often last for about 20 years, although installers have replaced units that were much younger and much older than that. A lot of things can have a impact on the lifespan of your windows, from the framing material to weather conditions and maintenance practices. In this article, we break down three unfavorable window habits that you need to unlearn in order to save thousands of dollars in the future.
1. Leaving the window coverings down. In the winter season, condensation is perhaps the most common window issue that homeowners deal with. While leaving window coverings, such as blinds, drapes or shades, down during the colder months will not automatically spur condensation, doing so does trap moisture near the windows and impede airflow. This can lead to mold growth and eventually rot. To avoid this, raise the window covering until its lowest portion is at least a few inches above the bottom of the window sill.
2. Failing to clean the tracks. If you are having a hard time gliding a sliding window or cranking a casement window, you might want to check the part where the window sash meets the frame. Regularly cleaning the buildup of dirt and debris in this area will fend off pitting and corrosion problems. Also, applying a dry silicone spray will allow the sticking parts to operate without jerking again.
3. Not locking the windows. When firmly shut and locked, windows are able to function effectively. Locking the windows tightens the seal between the sash and weatherstripping, which eliminates drafts and noise from the outside. Meanwhile, windows that are closed but not locked can still allow moisture to transfer between the interior and exterior spaces.
Renewal by Andersen® of New Jersey is a premier source of replacement windows, including bay and bow window units, in and around Toms River and Jackson, New Jersey. Our certified team aims to provide the comfort and efficiency you need through industry-leading products and outstanding customer service. Call us at (908) 497-1020 or fill out our contact form to request a free, no-obligation estimate.