Over time, your windows will start to wear down, especially in Bradenton, FL. With the constant barrage of severe storms and hurricanes combined with the heat and humidity, materials tend to break down even faster. Eventually, you might get seal failure, moisture and air leaks, or windows that simply won’t hold up during the next hurricane. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to prolong the life of your windows and stay ahead of some major problems. These are just a few steps you can follow:
- Regular Inspections
After every severe storm, give your windows a good once over, even if you use hurricane shutters or have impact resistant windows. Make sure the latches and locks function properly. Make sure you can open and close the windows with ease. Check for any damage on the glass or frames. Examine the caulking and check for condensation between the panes to ensure the seals are still intact. If you take the time to look closely at your windows, you will notice the small defects in time to do something before you have a bigger problem.
- Clean the Frames
To clean the frames of vinyl or aluminum windows simply use water, mild detergent, and a soft cloth or soft bristle brush. Once you wipe them down, use clean water to rinse and a towel to immediately dry them. You do not water to drip down the frame and pool in the sill or it can cause water damage inside your walls. Instead, work quickly and meticulously to wipe away any dirt or residue. And for those hard to reach areas, use a small sponge paintbrush.
- Clean the Glass
Your window glass is also important to keep clean. You can use commercial glass cleaner or mix up your own with some vinegar, water, and dish soap. And though you may have seen older generations use newspaper to clean the glass, this can bleed ink onto your hands and windows. You will get a better clean with a microfiber cloth or a coffee filter. And for pesky streaks, use a blackboard eraser to remove the lingering marks.
- Clean and Lube the Tracks
Windows should operate smoothly, but if anything gets caught in the track, it can cause some major damage when you muscle it open. So you want to take the extra time and clean the tracks. Use a vacuum to remove loose debris. You can also use a soft bristle brush and a plastic putty knife for anything wedged in the track. Then lubricate it with a silicone spray, but don’t spray it directly into the track. It is wiser to spray into a cloth and then wipe the track with it, to prevent overspray.
Following these simple tips will help your windows last longer. You will also pick up on the subtle hints of damage, mold, or warping. And when it is time for a windows replacement in Bradenton, FL, you should call Armored Dade Windows and Shutters. Not only do we offer free in-home consultations, but also affordable prices meant to fit the budget of every household. Call 941-798-9010 today or drop by 8112 Cortez Rd. West, Bradenton, FL 34210.