How to Properly Care of Your Replacement Windows
Just like you, your windows need proper care as well. In this article, I’ll tell you how to properly care of your replacement windows after installation and keep them working until the end of their life (which is another topic altogether). Let’s get started!
Fill and caulk any voids.
If there are any gaps around the window, use a caulking gun to fill them in with silicone caulk. This will keep your new window after window replacement process lasting longer and performing better.
Keep it clean from dirt and debris.
A freshly replaced window can attract all sorts of debris if you don’t take precautions to protect it from the elements during installation. Make sure you cover the outside of the house with plastic sheeting during construction, and use painter’s tape on the inside so that no dust or dirt gets on your new windows before they’re installed.
Peel tape adhesive off within a week.
When installing new windows, you’ll need to remove the backing paper from their J-channel (the metal channel on which they rest). This is done by peeling off a layer of tape covering each channel, then replacing it with another layer of tape covering both channels at once. You should peel off this second layer within a week of installation so that moisture doesn’t build up between the two layers of tape — otherwise, water may seep in through this gap and damage your windows’ sealant over time.
Check for any needed adjustments.
If the installation crew left a note indicating that they need to make adjustments to the windows, be sure to call them back. If you don’t, some of your new windows could wind up being unusable or worse — unsafe.
Become familiar with your warranty.
You’ll want to read through your warranty before you start using your new windows, as it contains important information about how long you have to file a claim if something goes wrong with the installation or product quality. It’s also a good idea to keep this document handy in case you need it later on down the road.
Read the information on your window stickers.
This might seem like an odd thing to do, but there are actually quite a few things you can learn from what’s printed on these stickers.
It is very important to make sure that your windows are well taken care of, not just when they’re brand new but also years and years later. Many people don’t think about their windows until they break, but what they need to do is to clean them regularly, just as they would anything else in their home. Have your windows professionally cleaned at least once a year or so. You’ll be glad you did when you have lovely looking windows that won’t get discolored or yellowed over time.