You might not have heard that you need to maintain your windows even during the wintertime. No one will expect you to climb a ladder at a time of year when there’s snow and cold, but there are some things you can do to keep your windows looking their best. Even if you get new replacement windows for your Portland, OR home, you’ll still want to maintain them.
Here are 3 tips that will help you to keep your windows looking their best during the wintertime.
1. Inspect Windows Visually
One way you can determine the condition of your windows and spot problems before they get out of control is to conduct a visual inspection. If you didn’t examine the windows from the inside as well as from the outside in the fall, then do it right away. Take a look at every aspect of the windows such as the glass, the hardware, the frames, and the sills. If you see any issues, contact a replacement window retailer to determine what your next course of action should be.
2. Add Weather Stripping
It’s also important to add some weather stripping, if needed, to get added protection against the elements. Weather stripping comes in a variety of materials, such as rubber and vinyl, and it is readily available at many different retailers. It’s usually pretty easy to install weather stripping. Just read the instructions on the packaging and follow them to the letter. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that weather stripping is a band-aid solution if there are underlying issues. In other words, if your windows are old and worn to the extent where they are chronically drafty, then a better option might be to explore getting replacement windows for your home.
3. Clean Your Windows
You also need to clean up your windows during the winter – yes, you need to clean them even when it’s freezing cold outside. Of course, you shouldn’t expose your windows to piping-hot water when it’s cold out. But you can use lukewarm or warm water. Cleaning the windowpanes, the window frames, and other window components will help to keep your windows in good shape. As you clean up the dirt and grime, you’ll extend the longevity of your windows.
Do you want to learn more about maintaining your windows? Is it possible you want to get replacement windows for your Portland, OR home? Get in touch with us to get the answers to all your questions. We can also schedule a consultation at your home so that we can assess your windows and explain your options. We’re a family owned and operated business that is insured, bonded, and licensed. When you buy our windows, we’ll have our certified installers put them in for you. So we have everything you need for a successful replacement window project. For the assistance you require, give us a call to speak to one of our staff members. We also invite you to come to our showroom to see for yourself what we have available.