Without proper care, even the best windows will get dirty, damaged and even start to leak. Caring for your windows and doors is an essential part of home maintenance. Follow these tips to keep your windows and doors looking and functioning their best for many years.
Clean the glass regularly. Remove dirt, dust and grime that can make window and door glass look cloudy and unsightly. To clean the windows, use a mild soap and water solution or a commercial glass cleaner.
Clean the frames and sills. Use the same mild soap and water solution or commercial cleaner that you used for the window and door glass. Be sure to dry the frames and sills thoroughly after cleaning.
Lubricate the moving parts. Keeping the hinges or locks lubricated with a silicon-based lubricant helps keep them working smoothly and prevents them from rusting and sticking.
Inspect the weather strip. This sealing strip around windows and doors keeps out drafts and moisture. It's important to inspect the weatherstrip regularly for any damage or wear and, if necessary, replace them.
Seal cracks or holes. Filling these gaps can eliminate drafts and moisture and keep insects out. You can use caulk or sealant to close them up.
Replace windows and doors. This may be the best option if they’re nearing the end of their lifespan. When replacing your windows, investing in modern, energy-efficient windows can improve your home’s efficiency and save you money over time.
Types of Windows and Doors
Here are additional tips for cleaning and caring for specific types of windows and doors:
Entry doors. Entry doors are often made of wood or metal, and they can be susceptible to damage from the elements. It's important to clean and maintain them regularly and keep them lubricated. You should also inspect the weather strip around the door to ensure it's in good condition.
Sliding glass doors. Sliding glass doors can be difficult to clean, but it's important to do so regularly to prevent dirt and grime from building up. Be sure to vacuum the tracks before wiping them down with a mild detergent and lubricate the rollers.
Glass shower doors. Glass shower doors are often made of tempered glass, which is very strong but can scratch easily. Use a soft microfibre cloth and avoid harsh chemicals when you clean a glass shower door. Use a dry cloth to dry the glass to prevent water spots.
Door and Window Glass Installation in Northwestern Canada
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