Articles for July 2013

How to care for vinyl replacement windows

Proper care for vinyl replacement windows

Today I’d like to share with you the proper ways to care for vinyl replacement windows.

The day of installation, we recommend that you refrain from opening or closing your new window for at least twenty-four hours to allow the caulk to properly set.  So please resist the temptation to open your brand new, beautiful windows until the next day.

During this time, you may have some remaining labels or tape adhesive still attached to the glass of your new replacement windows, we recommend removing these with any alcohol-based cleaner.  Once you’ve removed this residue, wet the glass and rinse with plain water.  Avoid washing the vinyl frame with alcohol-based and/or abrasive cleaning solutions.  Like any other window, use Windex or similar ammonia-based cleaning solutions on the glass portion of your window.

The vinyl (PVC) frame can be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution.  If the job requires more than just soap and water, use any non-abrasive household cleaner.  Your windows shouldn’t require more than that, using solvents, paint thinner or removers, or sharp objects is not recommended.

Replacing your old windows with new energy-efficient vinyl windows will tighten up your home.  If you experience an increased amount of condensation on the inside of your windows, it’s caused by an excess amount of moisture in your home.  Prior to the installation of your new windows, not only were you losing energy in the form of cold air from your air conditioning in the summer and warm air from your heating source in the winter, the lack of a proper seal allowed moisture to flow in and out of your home.  Having excess moisture in your home can result in the growth of mold, which can be potentially hazardous to your health.  By replacing your windows, you’ve prevented outside moisture from entering your home through the windows.  However, your windows will also prevent moisture from escaping, sometimes resulting in condensation on the inside of your windows.  It is your responsibility to control your home’s humidity.

If mildew is a problem in your area, use an appropriate cleaner or mildew controller.

The color of your vinyl windows is solid throughout all window components.  You should not paint or varnish your new windows, it will void your warranty.

The outside tracks of your double hung or slider windows are exposed to dirt, leaves, sand, grease, soot or other abrasive materials.  These materials can be ground into the vinyl tracks when you open and close your window sashes.  We recommend you clean the tracks every six months or as needed. You should clean these tracks with a small, stiff nylon brush, then wipe down with a soft cloth. If necessary, an occasional light coat of silicone spray lubricant on the balance shoe track of a double hung, and the tracks of a slider window, will help ease the operation of your window without leaving an oily residue which can collect more abrasive elements.

Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for safe use of any chemical or cleaner. Any cleaning information we suggested is only to assist you. We assume no responsibility for results obtained which are dependent on the chemical solutions as prepared, and quantity and method of application.

If you follow these tips on how to maintain and care for vinyl replacement windows, they’ll remain as beautiful as the day they were installed.