Are you planning to get replacement windows sooner rather than later or have you recently gotten them installed in your home? Great. But that’s just the first step. While you’ll undoubtedly experience benefits like better energy efficiency, power utility bills, and more interior comfort, you will need to do a bit of work to ensure that they continue to look great. It is true that there are replacement windows in Lake Oswego, OR that are designed to last for decades. Even so, you’ll want to perform some periodic – albeit light – maintenance from time to time.
Here’s a look at some basic maintenance methods that you can use to keep your windows, regardless of brand or style, looking great. And don’t forget that this light, ongoing maintenance will increase the life-expectancy of your replacement windows. So it’s worth the extra effort.
Basic maintenance includes a good cleaning every now and then. Remember that your replacement windows will be subjected to all sorts of elements, weather systems, and temperatures. To clean your windows, you should first clear off any dirt and dust. Open the windows to remove any mess – leaves, dead bugs, and other things that have found themselves there. Use a damp cloth and a non-corrosive window cleaner on the windows and on the window panes. Do you want your windows to have that classic streak-free finish? Use newspaper sheets rather than paper towels. Also don’t forget to clean up the window casing.
Keep an Eye on Things
Another thing you should do on a quarterly basis is to do a visual inspection of your replacement windows. Look for signs of any problems such as moisture. Check out the state of the weather stripping. If it’s not in the best of condition, replace it. Keep an eye out for any fogging between multi-pane windows. A bit of fogging or condensation isn’t necessarily a problem, but it could be a sign that there’s something wrong. Also look for things like issues with the frame or even gaps between the wall and the window casing. Don’t ignore any problems. Follow up on them.
Add Caulking as Necessary
During your visual inspection, make note of places where there are gaps. These gaps, even if they are small, can wreak havoc in terms of the internal temperature in your home. Fill in any exterior gaps or spaces with caulking.
Getting replacement windows is a great first step – but maintaining them is something that you should take seriously to maximize the benefits of your investment. At Kemp’s Windows Inc., we have a wide selection of the best Lake Oswego, OR replacement windows you can find anywhere. We’re located at 16107 SE McLoughlin Blvd Portland, OR 97267, so you can stop by our showroom. You can also reach us by phone at (503) 659-7587. We’re fully bonded, licensed, and insured in both Oregon and Washington. As well, our installers are AAMA certified, which means that your windows will be put in by skilled professionals. Don’t delay. We’re here to help.