Maintaining your replacement windows is a relatively easy process when you have all of the proper tools and knowledge to properly maintain them. With proper maintenance, replacement windows will last longer, saving you money in the long run. Each replacement window type has its own maintenance requirements, so it’s important to know your specific window type to make sure you are performing the proper maintenance in order to keep your windows from having leaks, gaps or cracks that over time can cause harm to your home.
The most important thing to look for when inspecting your wood windows is cracks or gaps. Cracks or gaps can be found in:
- Window panes – If there are cracks in the window panes, they need to be replaced as soon as possible as cracked window panes let both cold and hot air into the home, increasing your utility bills
- Glazing – Cracked glazing also allows unnecessary air into your home. It is possible to replace the putting glazing on your own, but it may void your manufacturer’s warranty.
- Window Frame Seal – The seal around your window frame on the exterior of your home between the frame and the siding simply needs to be filled in with latex caulk, which can be done by yourself.
- Wood Frame Paint – Contrary to popular belief, paint does more than add to the beauty of your windows, it actually helps to keep the moisture from seeping into the wood frame causing mold and rot. Properly painting your wood frames periodically will prevent the mold and rot from occurring.
One last place to check the functioning of your wood windows is that the window seals properly. If the seal isn’t tight enough, you’ll let a draft into your home. To create a proper seal, you’ll need to add weather stripping to the window.
If you have metal or vinyl windows, follow the below procedures to check for gaps and cracks:
- Window Glass – Have the vinyl window replaced as soon as possible in order to prevent unnecessary air entering your home and increasing your utility bills. Cracked glass could also potentially let in water, putting your walls at risk for mold or rotting.
- Rubber Seal – When the rubber seal loses its effectiveness, air and water will be able to seep into your home. This requires professional repair or replacement
- Moisture in the Panes – Moisture between window panes causes the window insulation to lose its effectiveness. Repairing the window panes will require a professional to repair them.
- Caulk Around Casing – When there are gaps or cracks in the caulk around the casing, it can be filled in with a latex caulk and caulk gun.
- Deteriorating Weather Seal – A weather seal that isn’t fully functioning will allow cold and warm air into your home. Simply remove the seal from your window grooves and take it to your local repair shop to purchase a new seal.
It’s also important to check your storm windows for cracks and gaps to ensure the proper insulation and protection of your home:
- Cracked Glass – Any cracks or broken glass needs to be repaired as soon as possible to prevent air and water leaking into your home. A professional is required to repair your cracked glass.
- Corners of the Panes – When the frames of the panes are broken, air and water can also leak in. Have the panes professionally repaired as soon as possible.
- Weather Seal – If the seal is broken, simply remove the seal from the window frame and take it to your local repair shop to purchase a new weather strip.
- Caulk – Last but not least, ensure that the caulk around the storm window frame is properly caulked. Fill any holes or gaps in caulk with your latex caulk as soon as a hole or gap is found to prevent any leaking or rotting.