The Ultimate Maintenance Checklist for Your Windows and Doors

February 22, 2023

Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Scott Thomas and I am the founder of Sealtech Installations. This is my second blog post and I am excited to welcome new readers to my space. Today, we’ll be discussing something that is near and dear to my heart – the ultimate maintenance checklist for your windows and doors. Proper maintenance is crucial for the longevity and performance of your windows and doors. As someone who has been in the window and door industry for over 15 years, I have seen countless situations where a little maintenance could have gone a long way. So, sit back, relax, and get ready to learn how to keep your windows and doors in tip-top shape and prolong their life.

So, let’s get started with this checklist.

  1. Inspect and Clean Windows and Doors

The first step to maintaining your windows and doors is to inspect and clean them regularly. Dirt and debris can collect in the tracks and cause the window or door to stick, which can lead to damage. Use a soft brush to remove debris and dirt from the tracks, then clean the glass and frames with a gentle cleaner and soft cloth. Be sure to inspect the weatherstripping and replace it if it shows signs of wear or damage.

  1. Check for Air Leaks

Air leaks are a common problem with windows and doors, and they can cause your home to lose heat in the winter and cool air in the summer. Check for drafts around the edges of the window or door by running your hand around the frame or holding a candle near the edges. If you feel air or see the flame flicker, it’s time to reseal or replace the weatherstripping.

  1. Lubricate Moving Parts

Over time, moving parts like hinges, rollers, and tracks can become worn and damaged, which can make them difficult to operate. Regularly lubricating these parts can help keep them moving smoothly and prevent damage. Use a silicone-based lubricant to prevent buildup and avoid using oils or petroleum-based products that can attract dirt and debris.

  1. Repair or Replace Damaged Parts

If you notice any cracks, chips, or other damage to your windows or doors, it’s important to repair or replace them as soon as possible. Damaged parts can compromise the security of your home and reduce the energy efficiency of your windows and doors. Don’t try to fix the damage yourself; instead, hire a professional to ensure that the repairs are done correctly and safely.

  1. Clean and Inspect Screens

Screens are an important part of your windows and doors, as they keep out insects and other pests while allowing fresh air to circulate. However, they can become clogged with dirt and debris over time, which can reduce their effectiveness. Regularly cleaning and inspecting screens can help keep them in good working order.

  1. Remove Condensation

Condensation can form on your windows when the indoor air is warmer and more humid than the outdoor air. This can lead to water damage and mold growth if not addressed. To remove condensation, wipe the windows with a dry cloth and improve ventilation in the room by opening windows or using a dehumidifier.

  1. Check Locks and Latches

Locks and latches are an essential part of your windows and doors, as they keep your home secure. Regularly check the locks and latches to make sure they are working properly and replace them if they show signs of wear or damage.

  1. Maintain Exterior

It’s not just the interior of your windows and doors that require maintenance. The exterior of your home’s windows and doors also need attention. Keep the frames, sills, and surrounding areas free from dirt, debris, and vegetation that can cause damage. Regularly inspect the caulking and sealants around the frames and replace them if necessary.

  1. Schedule Professional Inspection

While regular maintenance is essential, there are some things that are best left to the professionals. Schedule a professional inspection of your windows and doors at least once a year to catch any potential problems before they become