01 Jun Are Your Windows Ready for the Summers?
Now that summer has arrived, it is time to get your windows in Cardiff homes ready for the warm temperatures — and that prep work should include the windows. The following are some of the most critical steps to take to prepare your windows for warmer weather.
Your windows may accumulate a lot of dirt and grime over the winter. Even on the best quality windows, the dirt may scratch the surface and cause them to age prematurely. You can avoid this by keeping your windows clean. Use a window cleaner, dish soap and water to give your windows a good scrubbing. This will improve the appearance of your windows and help them remain in good condition for a long time. Remember to clean the inside as well as the outside of your windows.
While cleaning the windows, you should give the caulking or sealant that runs around the outside of the window frame a good look. The caulking prevents water and air leakage and has a lifespan that ranges from ten to fifteen years, depending on the type that was used — but it does not last forever. Make sure that it has been painted, and if you see any flaking, bubbling, or cracking in the paint, it is time to prepare the old surface and apply a new coat of paint.
You should never use abrasives, harsh chemicals, or power washers when cleaning your window frames. Instead, it would help if you stuck to using a gentle detergent, water, and a lint-free cloth. When dealing with more stubborn stains, use a brush with soft bristles and a more concentrated version of the cleaning solution. Wipe the surface with clean water, and then dry it off with a towel so that the water does not seep into the frame and leave any unsightly marks.
It is crucial to inspect the hardware on your windows to ensure that they can be opened, closed, and locked correctly. If the window’s locks are in good working order, it will be easier to keep the window fully shut and sealed. This is vital for the safety and security of your home — particularly in the event of a fire when you may need to use a window as a means of escape from the building. If you have any pieces of hardware that are not working correctly, consider a replacement.
In the same way shade trees or other types of interior window treatments block direct sunlight from reaching window surfaces, shutters and shades achieve the same thing. Wooden shutters are one of the most common types of window coverings. Many Cardiff homeowners decide to replace shutters that are no longer functional with ones that can be operated either mechanically or manually. Roll-up exterior blinds and panel shades are two more popular options that you can consider.
These are just a few things you can do to get your windows ready for the new season. Get in touch with our team today if you are interested in learning more about installing and caring for windows in Cardiff.
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