How To Maintain Vinyl Windows

Not only are vinyl windows great for sprucing up the look of your home, but they can also save you plenty of money on your energy bills and last for over 20 years. Installing vinyl windows is an investment. How long they last all comes down to how well you take care of them. Taking the extra time to maintain them properly will have them looking and functioning like new for years to come.  To help you take better care, we have compiled our top tips for maintaining your vinyl windows.

Clean Them on a Regular Basis and Know How to Use Them

Knowing how to use your vinyl windows properly is a crucial part of their upkeep. Vinyl windows can be damaged easily, and mishandling them can put stress on the window over time. To learn how to use them properly, ask the installer to give you a rundown on how to operate them. If you are installing them yourself, a YouTube tutorial can show you what to do and afterwards show the whole family how to use them.

Cleaning your glass window panes often helps with draining the moisture that can be stored in the window, causing them to look cloudy over time. Try to stick to more natural cleaners and use a microfiber cloth as most other types of material can damage your windows. It’s best to repeat this once a week. Another place to regularly clean is the interior of the vinyl frame. Cleaning this area on a regular basis can help with discoloration and is best cleaned using soapy water.

Finally, clean the exterior of your windows a few times a year. It’s also best to use soapy water and avoid acid cleaners, solvents, abrasive materials, and even pressure washing to prevent any damage.

Clean the Tracks

Your window tracks are the space behind your window that holds it in place and keeps the breeze out. This space can have dirt and dust build-up here over time, leading to your windows wearing down quicker and not working. If your window tracks wear down to a certain point, there is even the risk of water getting through, which can lead to more costly damage. The best way to clean your tracks is cleaning them with a cloth and soapy water. Do this regularly as the first step in your vinyl window cleaning routine.

Lubricate All of The Hardware

To lubricate your hardware, start with a clean vinyl window, its best to do this right after your routine cleaning. Use a silicone-based lubricant, try to avoid petroleum-based. Make sure to cover all moving pieces including the hinges, rollers, and metal tilt latches. There is no set time to lubricate your hardware, only when you notice stiffness in their movement.

Replace Worn Seals’ and Inspect Monthly

At least once a month, it can benefit you greatly to take less than 20 minutes out of your day to inspect your windows. Look for signs or wear, or moisture forming. If you notice anything, its best to replace the seals on your windows to avoid damage. Always go to a professional when it comes to sealing them properly. Doing this once-a-month inspection can help you find issues sooner and avoid any serious damage down the road ensuring the longevity of your vinyl windows.

What to Avoid

  • Don’t use vinegar, citrus, ammonia, or abrasives on the door hardware.
  • Do not use pressure washers, acid cleaners, strong solvents, or harsh abrasives on the frame or glass.
  • Never use blades, knives, or steel wool on any of the surfaces.

If you follow this guide, your vinyl windows will be in tip top shape for years to come. If you’re thinking about purchasing or installing vinyl windows, North Shore Door has a great selection you can check out by clicking the link here.

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