Making Windows Last: 5 Contributing Factors

Windows play a huge role in your home, contributing to both form and function, that�s why keeping them in tip-top shape must be one of your priorities. Like anyone, you�re going to want to make sure that you make the most out of your investment. To do this, you have to make your windows last. To do that, it is important that you understand the factors that affect your window�s lifespan.

Choosing the Right Product
To have a window that lasts, you have to start with getting the right product. There will be many options available to you but make sure that you get a window unit made of high-quality materials and fitted with advanced features suitable for the climate in your area. Fibrex frames, for instance, are designed to be highly durable, resisting decay, rot, warping and bowing better than what other materials are capable of. As for window glass, opt for multi-pane windows with low-emissivity coating for optimal energy efficiency.

Ensuring Proper Installation
Finding the best windows will be useless if you don�t have them installed right. For starters, windows must perfectly fit into openings and must be properly sealed to avoid air leakage and water seepage, which can cause premature deterioration. You also can�t just install a window right away without prepping the installation area first. Once a window is installed, it must be also thoroughly inspected to ensure proper fit and that it operates smoothly. a thorough inspection must be performed to ensure that it fits snugly and operates smoothly.

Carrying Out Routine Care and Maintenance

Your windows may be built to last but they will eventually succumb to wear and tear as a results of constant exposure to the elements. There�s no avoiding that but you can delay the inevitable with routine care and maintenance. For the most part, window maintenance is about keeping yours clean. Aside from regularly cleaning your windows, you may also need to lubricate moving parts once in a while.

Scheduling Regular Inspections
Having your windows checked for issues and damage is necessary if you want to spot problems before they worsen. Exact inspection tasks may vary depending on the windows you have but they should generally include: spotting signs of moisture buildup, ensuring all seals are intact, checking if parts need lubricating, searching for cracks and other physical damage and testing for drafts or air leakage.

Addressing Problems Promptly
One of the keys to making a window last is mitigating the problems you encounter while they are small. Once you notice signs of damage, such as holes, cracks, or splinters, give your local window contractor a call right away! It is important that you don�t delay because you don�t want to compromise your window any further. If your windows are old and you�re finding yourself getting repairs done too frequently, consider getting a window replacement instead. Talk to your window contractor about replacement options to not just give you an idea of what�s available to you but to help you find the best one for you as well.

Author Bio:
Mark Chaikin is the President of Renewal by Andersen of Northern Virginia-DC. A part of the company since 1974, he has been instrumental to the company�s continued growth, thanks to his focus on offering quality products and commitment to putting the needs of the customer first. His involvement in the window industry runs in his blood as his father, Martin Chaikin, also established a window replacement company called The Window Place in 1958. For updates from Mark, check out the company blog!

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