Does regular window cleaning actually increase the lifespan of your home’s windows? In short, yes, absolutely.
Window glass has a porous surface that is affected by the elements. Residential windows are exposed daily to a variety of contaminants, both from the outside and inside of the home. It’s essential to have your home’s windows cleaned regularly, at least twice a year as general maintenance. Allowing dirt, grime, and other contaminants to linger on the home’s windows can cause problems and actually reduce their lifespan.
Effects of Contaminants on Window Glass
Windows accumulate grit, dirt, and grime on both sides of the glass: interior and exterior. Contaminants range from plain old dirt to salt water spray, minerals (from hard water), air pollutants, rust, and even nicotine from indoor smoking. When these contaminants are left on the windows, over time, they can wear down the glass leading to etching, cracks, and other issues.
Regular Window Cleaning = Less Wear and Tear
Let’s look at one of the most common household chores. If you don’t vacuum your carpet regularly, usually once or twice a week (more if your home has pets and kids), it wears out quickly. You have to remove the daily accumulation of dirt, hair, grime, and other contaminants or you have to replace the carpet every few years because it wears out. Windows are similar. Regular window cleaning keeps the grime from accumulating and that lessens the wear and tear, leading to better longevity.
Neglected Windows and Insulation Issues
When condensation or frosts forms on the inside of windows, it can be an insulation issue or worn out seals from the accumulation of dirt and grime. The windows need to be clean for them to continue to work properly. If you put off window cleaning, and we understand—it’s a time-consuming chore, the issues can begin to mount up. Dirt and debris collects in the sliding tracks of neglected windows making it difficult to open and close. Contaminants will accumulate also on hinges and effect operation as well. Over time, these issues can cause damage and decrease the lifespan of the windows.
What are Signs My Windows Need Replacement?
Not every window withstands the same amount of wear and tear. It’s important to know some of the most common signs that your windows may need to be replaced:
- Obvious cracks and damage
- It’s excessively difficult to open or close the windows
- Condensation or frost forms on the interior glass regularly
- Visible moisture shows between the panes of glass
- The window frame has decay or rot
- Energy bills have increased
- Draftiness: you can feel cold air entering in around the window or hear it whistling
On average, window manufacturers recommend that most windows should be replaced after they’ve been in use about 20 years. However, due to neglect or other issues, some windows may need to be replaced earlier.
Clean windows brighten a home allowing in more light, help increase curb appeal, and ensure their energy efficiency remains at its peak. Rely on professional window cleaning teams like United Window Cleaning to keep your home’s windows looking great and lasting for years.