Window Care

General Informationalt

Throughout history windows have evolved from holes in the wall to our multipurpose and energy efficient modern day windows.

There are several types of windows to choose from such as a fixed-glass window that cannot be opened but when installed properly they are airtight and energy efficient.

Fixed-glass windows are not suitable in places where window ventilation is desired. In a double-hung window, both sashes would slide vertically.

In a single-hung window, only the bottom sash would slide upward. In a single-sliding window or a double-sliding window the sashes would slide horizontally. In a single-sliding window only one sash slides, but in a double-sliding window both sashes would slide. An awning window hinges at the top and would open outward. A casement window hinges at the sides a swing out like a door. A hopper window hinges at the bottom and would open inward. There are also your more decorated bay windows, picture windows, and stained glass windows.

There are many types of window frames such as aluminum or metal frames, which are very strong, light, and almost maintenance free.  Vinyl window frames do not require painting and have excellent moisture resistance. Like fiberglass window frames, vinyl frames can be filled with insulation for exceptional thermal performance. Wood window frames insulate well, but tend to expand and contract in response to weather conditions. Out of all the window frames wood frames require more regular maintenance.

Modern day windows have many benefits. They are energy efficient and can reduce the costs associated with heating and cooling your home. High performance windows can reduce the peak heating and cooling loads on your HVAC (heating, ventilating and air-conditioning), which can lower your HVAC costs. Some windows can even reduce fading brought on by exposure to sunlight in materials such as carpet, fabrics, artwork, paints, and wood.

Recommended Homeowner Maintenance

Adding storm windows can reduce air leakage and improve comfort. Caulking and weather-stripping is also a great recommended maintenance, it is energy efficient at reducing air leakage.

If your home has old inefficient windows, it could be more cost-effective to replace your window rather than trying to improve upon.

To ensure energy efficiency, windows need to be properly installed. It is recommended to have a professional install your window to ensure maximum efficiency. Window installation varies depending on the type of window, the construction of the house, the exterior cladding, and the type of weather-restrictive barrier. When installing windows it is important to install according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and be properly air sealed.

To clean window, wipe loose dirt and grime from the glass with a soft dry cloth. Next, apply a cleaning solution, such as mild soapy water, white vinegar and water or a liquid window cleaner to the glass. Then remove the cleaning solution with squeegee or a clean lint, free cloth.

Tips and Tricks

Do:

  • Consider installing exterior or interior storm windows, which can reduce heat loss through the windows by 25% to 50%.
  • For gliding window frame or single and double-hung side covers, use a dry lubricant as needed.
  • Remove window screens in the winter months when the windows are not typically being operated to reduce condensation behind the insect screen by increasing air flow.
  • Install white window shades, drapes, or blinds to reflect heat away from the house.
  • Clean tracks and weep-holes.
  • Clean your windows and doors on a regular basis.

Don’t:

  • Clean your windows in direct sunlight, to minimize glass cleaner residue.
  • On casement or awning frames windows do not use wet lubricants or harsh abrasive cleaners that will collect dirt or other corrosive particles.
  • Use a razor blade, putty knife, or abrasive pad.
  • Use petroleum-based cleaners or solvents.
  • Use oil-based lubricants or damage weep-hole covers/baffles.
  • Skip annual maintenance

Read our article on warranty tips for windows and screens HERE.

For more home improvement tips, click HERE.

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These tips were meant to provide general information and are worded based on our personal experiences combined with online research. We always recommend calling a licensed, trained professional for specifics including warranty information, code requirements, precise instructional information, etc.  Since we are a new home builder, some products, materials and processes may change over time and may vary in the different locations we build new homes.  

Please refer to your new home warranty paperwork included in your homeowner orientation packet for more information. More home improvement tips can be found here.


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4 thoughts on “Window Care

  1. Window replacement is made easier today with the help of the various options that are available. These windows aren’t as expensive either, and some of them can be installed by the homeowners themselves as they come with complete DIY kits.

  2. I liked that you said about how adding storm windows to my house can prevent links. It is good to know that because I wouldn’t want to lose money because of air leaks. Also, getting storm windows could add some value to my home.

  3. I like your list of Do’s and Don’ts for window maintenance. We are a window installation company serving the greater Albany, NY region and the bulk of the windows that we install are vinyl windows.

    Great article!

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