These days, vinyl windows are a very popular option among budget-conscious homeowners who want an energy-efficient and visually appealing window. Still, even though vinyl is a naturally durable material, homeowners will still need to take some steps to properly maintain their new vinyl windows. By keeping the following "dos" and "don'ts" of vinyl window care, homeowners can easily keep them operating smoothly for many years to come.
DO Inspect and Caulk Annually
When your vinyl windows are installed by a professional window company, the installers will make sure that there are no gaps or cracks around the window where air can leak in or out. This will ensure that you enjoy maximum energy efficiency from your new windows. However, it will be up to you to maintain the efficiency by inspecting your windows annually and caulking to seal gaps as they form. After all, most homes naturally settle over time, which can result in cracks and gaps forming around window perimeters. Fortunately, staying on top of this is easy enough; all it takes is a quick inspection and a loaded caulk gun to take care of any issues.
DO Clean Tracks and Weatherstripping
Over time, dirt and debris can accumulate in the tracks of your vinyl windows. In small amounts, this is no problem, but as it begins to accumulate in larger amounts, this can affect the opening and closing of your windows. Eventually, you could end up with windows that don't sit properly on the tracks, which can have a dramatic impact on the energy efficiency of the windows themselves. Take the time to clean out your window tracks at least once a year, and be sure to inspect weatherstripping to make sure it's properly adhered.
DON'T Use the Wrong Cleaners
Finally, be careful when cleaning the surface of your vinyl windows, as vinyl can be delicate when exposed to certain chemicals. Generally, it's best to stick with gentle and simple cleaners for your vinyl, such as dish soap and warm water. If you do want to use a store-bought cleaner, be sure to test a small amount of it on an inconspicuous area of the vinyl before you go applying it to large areas.
Caring for vinyl windows is pretty simple, but there are some special considerations you'll need to keep in mind. This way, you can keep your windows looking like new and saving you money on your energy bills.
To learn more, contact a company like Mister Window Inc.