Your window may be designed to last long and built with the most durable options available, but it’s up to you to crank up its service life even more. Like every other thing you own, taking good care of your window can add years – even decades – to its expected lifespan. Here are some tips that can extend your window’s life.
Keep it clean – This one’s as simple as it gets. The less dirt and debris you have on your window, the less likely it is to accumulate stuff that can damage it. Bird droppings contain some acids that might damage the window frame, and should be removed as soon as possible. While dust particles are generally harmless, an excessive amount of grime can stop water from flowing down and cause the window to stay damp, not to mention it blocks the outside view.
Perform general maintenance – Although it doesn’t take as much punishment as the roof, checking windows for any signs of damage at least twice a year is highly recommended. You’d want to check for signs of wear and tear on moving parts of the window, as well as look out for hairline cracks. Oiling metal joints and levers will help reduce the risk of rust formation and will keep your window easy to open or close.
Handle with care – As with all things featuring fragile components, doing anything related to the window should be handled with care. Slamming the window shut will only risk breaking it. Larger windows that are operated by hand crank may take a bit of effort to open, but speeding up the turning can put more stress on the entire mechanism and wear out the treads.
Check the weather – Is the wind starting to blow hard? It might be better to keep that window closed. It’s frustrating to have a well-maintained window forcefully slammed shut and shattered because of a strong gust of wind. The same thing can be said when it starts raining, since an open window can let rainwater seep into small channels or grooves on both sides of the pane.
Extending a window’s lifespan isn’t rocket science; all you need is the right materials and a bit of TLC. That wraps up this blog series, and we hope you learned something from it!