Fall has arrived, and while 2020 has brought a lot of unexpected surprises, one thing you can count on is things cooling down in the upcoming months. And because you are probably spending more time at home than usual, you might be ready for some fall projects around the house to help make it as comfortable as possible. Here are some of the most common maintenance items to perform on replacement windows in Phoenix, AZ in the autumn:
1. Remove and Clean Window Treatments
The first place to start is with the window treatments. Over the course of the summer they have collected a lot of dust and grime, and it won’t do any good cleaning your windows if the window coverings are just going to dirty them up again. Most fabric window treatments are easy to launder and re-hang. Blinds and shutters will take more meticulous work but will be worth the effort if it helps keep your windows looking clean longer.
2. Wash the Window Frame and Glass
Summer breezes and thunderstorms can throw a lot of dirt at your windows and cause damage. So at the end of the summer season, it is important to thoroughly clear away all dirt and debris. But be sure you follow the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions for your replacement windows otherwise, you could do more harm than good. You will want to avoid harsh chemicals and abrasives. You also do NOT want to wash your windows with a power washer. Usually, a soft cloth and some mild detergent are all you really need to get the job done right. You also want to clean and lubricate the tracks.
3. Check for Signs of Damage
It is easy to check for damage while you are cleaning your windows. Specifically look for cracked glass, scratches, rust, rot, or damaged components. Anyone of these problems can result in the window not working properly. So if you notice something amiss, you will want to get it fixed right away.
4. Seal up Leaks
Air and moisture leaks are not common on replacement windows as long as they are installed by a window professional. Signs of leaks include drafts, an increase in energy bills, water damage, and condensation trapped between the panes of the window. If you notice any of these signs it is important to address the issue immediately before a more serious problem arises. For minor gaps, you may be able to use weather-stripping or caulk to seal them up. For more extensive damage you will need to contact the installers or a window professional.
If you have windows that are more than 15 years old, it might be time to consider investing in replacements. And fall is an ideal time to start the process for new windows as most companies head into the slower months and the temperatures become mild. For more information about replacement windows in Phoenix, AZ contact Freelite Inc.