Fall is a time for home improvement projects as it prepares your home for the winter season. Every professional roofing contractor is likely to get calls for roof repairs and replacements during this time. It’s not just your roof that needs inspection and maintenance, however. Fall is also a time to clean your windows and check them for issues.
Here are some fall window maintenance tips you can follow:
Clean Your Windows
It’s important to clean your windows before the freezing temperatures become the norm. This prepares your windows for snow, rain and hail, and it also allows you to inspect them for cracks and other issues without dirt and grime getting in your way.
To clean your windows, mix some mild liquid detergent with warm water, and use a spray bottle and several clean microfiber cloths. For windows that are hard to reach, use a soft-bristled brush with a long handle. Avoid using newspaper or rough paper towels as these tend to leave lint and streaks. Clean the outdoor side before the indoor side. Clean your windows only when it’s cloudy or either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. A squeegee can make removing water from glass easier.
Repair Faulty Hardware
Check your windows for any faulty hardware. Windows that don’t open or shut properly or easily might need adjustments or repairs. Don’t neglect them as windows that are difficult to operate or that don’t lock properly can pose a security concern or a hazard when you need to use a window to quickly exit your home.
It’s a good idea to call your window professional to repair broken hardware rather than try to do it yourself. You should also check your window warranty as it might cover the replacement of the broken hardware.
If you find mold while cleaning your home, make sure to remove it. Not only is it unsightly, but it’s also a health hazard. Call a professional mold removal specialist if you suspect an infestation. You can prevent mold growth on your windows by regularly removing moisture, cleaning your windows and moving your furniture away from your windows.
Check for Fogginess
Fogginess that doesn’t go when you clean your windows means it’s condensation between the window panes. This happens when the seal is broken, and the inert gas escapes. This also means your window is no longer as energy-efficient as it used to be. There is no way around this problem except for window replacement. Even a professional repair is not likely to be successful, at least not for long.
Get in touch with Hill Roofing Corporation for professional window replacement. We also offer residential roof replacement and other home improvement services. Call us today at (703) 754-0964, or fill out this form to tell us about the project you’re planning. We work with homeowners in Manassas and Arlington, VA.