Sunday, January 18 2009
This article can be filed under the Do-It-Yourself section. The proper maintenance of windows can save you money in the long run.
Ten Ways to Make Windows Last
Well kept house windows can significantly enhance the appearance and value of your home. If you buy replacement windows, they'll last about 30 to 40 years with proper maintenance, according to Building Operating Management magazine. The following tips will help you have energy efficient windows that last longer.
1. Clean glass, sills, tracks, and frames. Remove dead insects, dirt, and debris from windowsills and tracks.
2. Fix the 'weep' system. Your house windows probably have a drainage system in the frames that needs to be kept clear in order for water to drain properly.
3. Replace weather stripping. For more energy efficient windows that seal properly, use surface mounted or concealable weather seals that come in a variety of materials. According to the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, your house loses 15% to 60% of its heat or air conditioning due to improperly sealed windows.
4. Painting or staining your window frames can help protect against water and sunlight.
5. Insulated windows may need to have the glass replaced if the seal begins to fail and you see a fog between the two panes. Replacing the glass will give you more energy efficient windows.
6. Fix hardware. Check sash locks to make sure they work and replace if necessary.
7. Lubricate windows. Energy efficient windows close properly souse a lubricant on the tracks to keep house windows from sticking.
8. Repair screens. Patching holes allows less air to pass through, giving you more energy efficient windows.
9. Proper ventilation keeps condensation from house windows by controlling humidity.
10. Replace rotten wood. If your house windows have some rotted wood, use a screwdriver to remove it.