The sun is shining, the birds are singing, it’s summertime! Did you know that as we are exposed to more sunlight in the summer, we are biologically inclined to have more energy and want to spruce up our homes? Speaking of more sunlight exposure, let’s have a look at those windows and doors! Looking a little rough around the edges? This is the perfect time to perform regular window maintenance on your home.
Let’s break the seasonal window maintenance down into 3 steps.
1. Clean the window frame.
Wipe the window or door frame, sash and track. Inspect wooden frames for signs of wood rot, which will look like decaying wood, particularly around the corners. Consult with a professional to tackle this issue. Clean the weatherstripping and inspect it to make sure it is still intact. Vacuum and wipe the threshold of each doorway to make sure each is swinging smoothly. Just as important but often overlooked are your sliding glass doors. Examine those for cracks and make sure the panes are free of moisture and leaks.
2. Wash the window glass.
Start by wiping off loose dirt with a dry cloth, being careful not to scratch the surface. Then use a mild cleaning solution. This is a great time to check the glass for damage that can occur during the winter such as cracks, discoloration, or moisture in the glass panes. Moisture between the panes should be addressed as soon as possible as it can often be repaired at half the cost of full window replacement if done in a timely manner.
3. Test the window hardware.
This is also for security purposes! Check all windows and doors to make sure the hardware is working properly, opening each to check the hinges as well. Make sure all of the individual components are in working order and not broken. This should include testing sliding door tracks and making sure they are clear of debris and that the doors are gliding smoothly. Test all locks as well.
Maintaining your home’s exterior is always a good investment of your time and money. Make regular door and window maintenance part of your routine house upkeep and you won’t regret it. And if you need help, don’t hesitate to call your local Glass Guru!