Windows and doors are two of the most vital components in protecting the interior of your home from the elements of the outdoors. Not only do they serve functional purposes, they also add a polished appearance to the exterior of the home.  As with most elements of a home, your windows and doors require a little annual TLC. We recommend a good cleaning and maintenance check 1-2 times a year.  The end of spring and fall are perfect times for this.

Door And Window Maintenance 

Performing an assessment of the operating components on your doors and windows can play a role in keeping your energy bills low. The caulking of your windows are exposed to the elements on both the exterior and interior. This can cause it to break down over time.  Use a little bit of caulking to fill in where there are cracks or holes. This prevents water and drafts from getting in. Then use a silicone spray to lubricate the working parts of your windows, such as the handles and seals. This will keep them from sticking and tearing. 

Front Door Maintenance 

Use a silicone spray to lubricate all of your door’s working parts such as the seals, lock cylinders, and hinges. Check the weather stripping for gaps or cracks.  Also check the hardware such as the knobs, faceplates and hinges. If anything is loose, tighten it down using a screwdriver ensuring not to overtighten in the process. If anything is cracked or broken you’ll need to replace it. 

Sliding Glass Door Maintenance

For sliding glass doors, it’s important to first clean and then lubricate the tracks to prevent them from sticking. If you have aluminum tracks, don’t add lubrication as it will gum up and cause problems. Cleaning the dirt and debris from the track will be sufficient. If the door still doesn’t slide with ease, remove the rollers to individually clean and lubricate them. If they look worn out, it may be time to go ahead and replace them.

How To Clean Windows and Doors

First, dust off what dirt you can. Use a vacuum to suck up debris that is stuck down in the sills and frames. Then use a sponge with mild soap and water to clean the interior and exteriors.   Vinegar and water work great for cleaning glass. To prevent streaking, use a squeegee to dry the windows. Make sure all of your strokes are going in the same direction. You can touch up scuffs and marks on your door with a fresh coat of paint.  Taking the time to do this cleaning and maintenance will help extend the longevity of your doors and windows.  Questions about your windows and doors? We’re happy to help! At Integrity, we’ve been serving the Hampton Roads region for over 15 years. If you need your windows and doors repaired or replaced, please give us a call at 737-630-6641.