When it comes to purchasing and installing new windows, many homeowners consider vinyl windows because they come in an assortment of sizes, styles, and colours. They offer great insulation and they can actually be very easy to maintain giving them the ability to look great long after they are installed. However, whenever you invest in high-end products, including vinyl windows, it is always a good idea to educate yourself on how to care and maintain them so that they can last a lifetime. Below are some tips and tricks you should know in order to keep your new vinyl windows free from squeaks, stiffness, and condensation.
Less is more
We weren’t lying when we mentioned how easy it can be to maintain vinyl windows. When it comes to cleaning them, less really is more. Just apply a mild dish soap and some warm water to a soft cloth to gently and effectively remove any dirt from your vinyl surface. Avoid abrasive or harsh cleaners such as bleach and pressurised washers to prevent causing irreparable damage.
For sliding windows, keep the track insert area clean, as well as lubricated, because that is what operates the smoothness of the sliding motions. Again, just a mix of soap and warm water will usually do the trick to keep that area clean.
Hinges, guide arms and rotor gears are the first to get sticky and stiff over time making it difficult to open your windows. In order to prevent this from happening, we suggest inspecting and lubricating those areas using a silicone release spray or light machine oil at least once a year. For sliding windows, you can lubricate the track with a silicone or Teflon spray. Be cautious to not spray the oils or lubricants directly on the glass surfaces.
Living in Canada means dealing with the realities of harsh climate changes throughout the year which can greatly affect your vinyl windows. You might find that it’s necessary to adjust the locking mechanisms or keepers because they can become loose.
If you have casement windows, remove the upper set of screws on the keeper, loosen the slide screws and adjust the position up or down. Once you’re satisfied after testing the lock, simply tighten and place the components. For sliding windows, use a screwdriver to loosen the keep and reposition and test it for the right location.
Winter condensation can cause damage to your health and your vinyl window. To avoid this damage, remove your screen during the winter months to eliminate a mold buildup. During other seasons of the year, just be sure to keep your screens clean and dry them completely before reinstalling.
Vinyl windows are a great option, however, they do come with a unique set of care and upkeep instructions to keep them functional and safe. Incorporate the above care into your window maintenance routine to ensure that your vinyl windows last a lifetime.