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Windows make your home efficient and beautiful, provided they are properly maintained. Some problems are obvious, like broken glass or warped frames. Others problems are less noticeable, like air and moisture leaks. And though they may not seem serious at first, some of these issues can impact the lifespan of your windows if you ignore them. Here are a few simple measures you can take to make sure your windows get the care they deserve and last as long as possible:

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1. Inspections

Regular maintenance gives you the chance to evaluate your windows on a periodic basis. You can check the frame, panes of glass, and any caulking to make sure they are in good shape. You want to check for signs of rotting or water damage as well as any penetration marks that could result in a defective seal. If you conduct a thorough examination, you may catch smaller problems before they become major issues.

2. Testing Functionality

Another thing you can do during your regular maintenance is to test the functionality of each window. Open, close, and latch your windows to make sure they operate smoothly and seal shut. If you have to muscle your windows open or prop them up, they are coming to the end of their life. You can try some maintenance and repairs to see if that solves the problem, but you may want to start looking into replacement windows.

3. Remove Dirt

Window cleaning is not just a way to improve the view and make your house look tidy. It is also a necessary part of window maintenance. Dirt and debris can scratch the coats on your windows or the window frame. That is why routine cleaning is such an important step if you want to prolong the life of your windows.

4. Lubricate Moving Parts

Friction is another enemy to the longevity of your windows. If you want your windows to keep opening and closing properly, you need to clean lubricate any tracks or hinges your window uses to move. In most cases, a silicon spray lubricant will keep the parts in working order. This simple task will go a long way in extending the life of your windows.

5. Using the Right Products

When it comes to window cleaning, you want to be sure to avoid abrasives and strong detergents. To clean window frames, use a mild detergent mixed with water and a soft cloth. You can also use a stronger soap and a soft bristle brush to remove more stubborn dirt. Depending on window style and location, cleaning both sides should only take a few minutes. You also want to use a vacuum to remove debris from the track and lubricate with a silicone spray. Lastly, clean the glass with standard window cleaner and newspaper for a streak-free shine.

These are just a few things you can do to prolong the life of your windows. But perhaps the best thing is to speak to a window professional. They can come out and provide an evaluation of your current windows and give you a quote for replacement windows if needed. Do not hesitate to call Home Supply Window and Door at 973-949-5401. Or you can stop by 160 Van Winkle Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506.