man replacing window

The average three-bedroom house has eight to fourteen windows, which, if maintained properly, should have a lifespan of approximately fifteen to thirty years. When homeowners find themselves looking at window replacement— it’s not an easy decision, and it’s important to consider multiple factors.

Top Reasons to Replace Windows

A crack that splinters the glass or an actual hole in the window usually means replacement. However, it’s essential to know the other, sometimes less obvious, signs that your window(s) needs replacement.

  • The window sticks or won’t open/close.
  • The lock on the window no longer works.
  • There is condensation or fog between the panes.
  • You can hear loud exterior noises.
  • Your energy bills have increased.
  • There are noticeable drafts in the room or near the window.

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child peeking out window

2,200 children die every year from an injury in the home, reports SafeKids Worldwide. The same report reveals that more than 3,300 kids, ages five and younger, are injured every year from falling out of a window, and on average, eight kids die from window falls. While accidents can happen, many are preventable.

United Window Cleaning wants you to know that childproofing your windows is critical, not only for falls but for death and injuries related to window blinds and cords.

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spring flowers with bright light

Spring has fully sprung! With it comes ideal days for planting that garden, long walks with your canine companions, and even tackling those domestic chores that spring up seasonally—like window cleaning.

We’ve got a few top tips for crystal-clear windows when it’s spring-cleaning time.

Assemble Your Cleaning Supplies

For any type of spring cleaning, it’s essential to have the right cleaning supplies. A few items for your supply list for window cleaning include but are not limited to:

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Commercial glass cleaner spray (or make your own)
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Shop-vac or vacuum with an extendable wand
  • Step stool or ladder (depending on how high the windows are)
  • Dawn dish detergent plus warm water (for washing screens)
  • Garden hose
  • Cleaning buddy (especially important if you’re climbing a step stool or ladder)

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dirty gutters

Gutters are designed to carry rainwater or snow/ice melt from the roof to the ground with connected downspouts diverting the flow away from the home and landscaping. However, gutter cleaning is often one of the most ignored home maintenance chores. Ignoring gutter cleaning can have serious consequences, from costly home repairs to compromising your family’s health and safety.

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Window cleaning, when done right, can help add value to your home. Clean windows improve curb appeal, allow for natural light to enter the home, and even help protect its energy efficiency. Keeping dirt and grime off windows helps reduce scratches and can help keep Low-E coating working properly.

Depending on the size of your home, the window placement, and your abilities, it’s often better to leave the window cleaning to the professionals. However, if you do plan to tackle some of the cleaning in your home, it’s important to have the right tools and techniques.

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professional window cleaning on high rise building

A real estate agent will tell you that a clean home will sell for more than one that’s been neglected. Curb appeal can also increase a home’s value as well, because, as we know—first impressions have an impact. Cleanliness and curb appeal also affect the impression customers, clients, and the public have about your business. But can professionally clean windows actually boost your profits?

Let’s look at five key benefits of professionally cleaned windows for your business, whether a private or public space.

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man painting window frame

As Andy Dwyer from the TV show Parks and Recreation once said, “Windows are the eyes to the house.” While the line is great for a laugh, there’s a lot of truth at its core. Home windows, especially the ones facing the street are a key component of the property’s curb appeal.

Regular window cleaning helps keep the glass in good condition and looking great, but what about the frames? If your exterior window frames are faded, chipped, and peeling, it’s time to refresh with a new coat of paint.

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high rise buildings

According to the International Building Code, (IBC) a high-rise is a building with an occupied floor that’s 75 feet or higher above the lowest level of fire department access. On average, a five-story building is 75 feet or higher and would be considered a high-rise. However, story height can and does vary depending on the building’s design and construction materials.

It doesn’t matter if your building is three or thirty stories tall, high-rise window cleaning isn’t something that can be ignored. Let’s look at three essential facts about high-rise window cleaning you should know.

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man cleaning second story windows

The tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai has more than 24,000 windows—that’s four times as many as the Empire State Building in New York. It takes 120 window cleaners three months to wash the windows of the Burj Khalifa. While the average home has eight to ten windows, significantly less than a famous skyscraper, the glass still needs to be cared for and cleaned on a regular basis.

Skyscrapers and most other commercial buildings rely on professional window cleaning, but it’s important to note that this service also has several benefits for residential properties as well. Yes! Your home can definitely benefit from professional window cleaning.

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