When it comes to installing new windows, many homeowners consider vinyl windows because they come in an assortment of sizes, styles, and colours; are practically scratch free. They offer great insulation—plus they’re easy to maintain, which means that they have the ability to look great after years of service.
Although vinyl does not need much maintenance, taking proper care of your windows can make them last a lifetime. Here are a few maintenance tips for vinyl windows:
Keep cleaning simple
Regularly clean and wipe your windows with water, mild dish soap, and a soft cloth to remove most of the dirt from the surface. You may occasionally use vinyl cleaning products, but avoid abrasive or harsh cleaners, including bleach and pressurised washers, as they can cause irreparable damage to the vinyl.
For sliding windows, also clean the track insert area with soap and water, then lubricate to keep the sliding motion smooth.
Any parts that aid in the mobility of the windows, including the tracks, guide arms, hinges, and rotor hears tend to get stiff and stuck with time, which can make opening the windows hard. It is recommended that you inspect and lubricate them using a light machine oil or a silicone release spray at least once a year.
For sliding windows, remember to lubricate the sliding track with a Teflon or silicone spray as needed. Take care not to spray the oils or lubricants on glass surfaces.
Adjust the keepers or locking mechanisms as need be
Your windows are exposed to different elements at different times of the year, which can affect them. For instance, you may find that your keepers or locking mechanisms get loose periodically and need adjusting.
For casement windows, removing the upper set of screws on the keeper and loosening the slide screws allows you to adjust the position up or down. Test the lock, to see if it is okay before tightening and placing the components.
To adjust the keeper on sliding windows, simply loosen it using a square head, reposition, test for the right location, then carefully tighten the screws.
Clean or remove screens depending on the climate
During the winter months, window condensation can damage your vinyl windows and compromise the health of your family by allowing mould to build up. To avoid this, always remove the screens during winter season.
During other seasons of the year, you can keep the screen clean by removing it and washing it on a flat surface using water and a mild soap. Dry it completely before reinstalling.
To continue enjoying the insulation properties of your vinyl windows, it is important to inspect the caulking at least once a year to ensure a proper sealing.