Spring maintenance for your new windows
Winters can be particularly harsh in the Scandinavian countries. The cold weather, snow, along with rapid fluctuations in humidity can prevent us from cleaning the various windows around our home. Thus, when spring arrives, it is of the utmost importance that we set some time aside and properly care for our new windows, in order to increase their longevity.
Do note that the checklist is not ordered, that is, you do not need to do the things noted in order. The checklist is there to help you keep track, nothing else. This is not a step by step process. Let’s get started.
Wash the panes
Winter means months of inactivity. The cold weather means we’re very unlikely to open our windows, much less clean them. And thus, dirt and grime will have started to accumulate. By the time spring arrives, they will have jammed up the rails and accumulated around the panes. Pressure washing is a big no-no. For window panes, use a non abrasive cleaner to get rid of the grime. It is the same for double glazed and triple glazed windows.
Check the caulking
Now, the milder weather brought about by springtime means that you can actually go and check the caulking. Intense cold often causes the caulking to crack or peel away. The windows contract and expand naturally as the seasons change. Thus, caulking that was in okay condition during summer or autumn may not necessarily remain in stellar condition if the winter was particularly brutal.
Check the hardware
Of course, your window comes with many moving bits, such as hinges and bolts. In order to ensure smooth operation, it is wise to routinely check them. The hinges in particular could wear down with scratches and dings fairly quickly. Silicone spray in the hinges would allow for smooth operation.