Summer Maintenance Tips for Windows: Calgary Homeowners’ Guide

Written by Western Windows Created on June 3rd, 2024
Categories: Window and Door Maintenance

Imagine waking up on a sunny summer morning—you pull your blinds up to let the refreshing sunshine in but all you see is…well, a blurry view brought about by windows that are in dire need of a cleanse.

Which brings you to the question: “When on Earth was the last time I cleaned my windows?”

Not only do not-so-well-maintained windows tarnish the view of your house for the world to see, but like a pair of greasy glasses that cloud your vision, they also ruin your view of the world from inside the house. And the best part about well-maintained windows in that they contribute significantly to energy efficiency.

It’s recommended to clean your windows at least twice a year—and summer is the perfect season to give them that extra attention. From repainting to component replacements, the warmer weather will enable you to carry out any necessary maintenance minus the high chances of rain or snow.

Here at Western Windows, we’re sharing the ultimate summer maintenance tips for windows in Calgary.

Table of Contents | Summer Maintenance Tips for Windows: Calgary Homeowners’ Guide

  1. Clean the Windows
  2. Inspect for Damage
  3. Check for Condensation on Windows
  4. Reapply Caulk or Sealant
  5. Replace the Weatherstripping
  6. Lubricate Moving Parts
  7. Repaint or Stain Wood Frames
  8. Check and Repair Screens
  9. Install Sun-Blocking Window Treatments
  10. Consider Windows Upgrades
  • Meet the Coolest Windows and Doors in Calgary

1. Clean the Windows

The first step to keeping your windows in shape and always at the ready to shield your home from the warmer summer temperatures is to clean them. Any dirt, dust, or debris that accumulates on its surface can ultimately interfere with its hardware and overall functionality.

Let’s also not forget how these piled up particles can permanently damage the appearance of the glass and framing as well—and you wouldn’t want their aesthetics to be tarnished like that.

So, what’s the best way to clean your windows in Calgary? Here are some of our pro tips:

  1. Start by removing any loose dirt or debris with a soft brush or broom. Gently sweep the surface of the glass, frames, and sills to dislodge any buildup.
  1. Next, mix a solution of mild soap and water or window cleaner with warm water in a bucket. (For a more organic approach, you can also opt for a water and vinegar mixture.)
  1. Dip a sponge or soft cloth into your mixture of choice and gently scrub the glass and frames. Pay special attention to any stubborn stains or fingerprints. Here’s a tip you’ll always want to keep in mind: avoid using abrasive materials or harsh chemicals that can damage the glass.
  1. After scrubbing gently, rinse the windows thoroughly with clean water to remove all soap residue. You can use a hose or a bucket of water for this step. Make sure to rinse both the interior and exterior surfaces of the windows.
  1. To dry the windows, use a clean, lint-free cloth or squeegee. Start from the top and work your way down, wiping away any remaining water or streaks. Leaving any moisture behind could encourage the growth of mould and mildew.
  1. Buff the glass with a microfiber cloth to achieve a sparkling, streak-free finish. Now, you have crystal-clear windows that are ready to let the sunshine in!

2. Inspect for Damage

Next, it’s time to bring out your inner Sherlock Holmes and carry out an inspection like a total pro. Taking a closer look at your windows on a regular basis helps you catch any issues before they have the chance to escalate any further and cause even more costly damage. Here are some of our top inspection tips for maintaining Calgary windows:

  • Examine the hardware, such as locks, hinges, and handles, to ensure they are working properly. Tighten any loose screws or lubricate hinges if necessary.
  • Be on the lookout for any damage or wear and tear. Summer weather conditions can exacerbate existing issues and compromise the functionality of your windows. Look for cracks, chips, gaps, or broken seals in the glass and frames. Also, make sure to check for signs of water damage or rot, especially in wooden frames.

If there’s any significant damage or structural issues, it’s best to consult a professional window contractor for Calgary window replacements or repairs. Addressing these issues promptly can help prevent further damage and even improve your home’s energy efficiency.

3. Check for Condensation on Windows

If you notice condensation on your windows during the summer months that can be a sign of a problem. This can be an indication that there is excess humidity in your home or that there is a problem with the insulation around your windows. Here are some steps you can take to check for condensation issues and address them:

  • First, make sure that the condensation is not simply due to excessively high humidity levels in your home. Use a dehumidifier or increase ventilation in the affected areas to reduce moisture in the air. This can help prevent condensation on your windows and improve indoor comfort.
  • Ensure proper ventilation in your home. Poor ventilation can contribute to excess humidity, which can lead to condensation on windows. Make sure that your home is adequately ventilated by regularly opening windows and using exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms. Install vents or fans in areas prone to moisture, such as basements or laundry rooms.
  • Be on the lookout for condensation between double-pane windows, which can indicate a seal failure rather than just a humidity problem.

If the condensation issues persist despite proper ventilation and seal replacements, it may be time to look for a window replacement in Calgary or have a professional inspect it.

4. Reapply Caulk or Sealant

The main purpose of caulk or sealant is to maintain insulation and prevent water from entering and causing damage. So, if you find any gaps or deteriorated sealant around the window frame, that means it’s high time remove the old caulk and apply new sealant.

On average, caulk or sealant should be removed and replaced at least every five years. Even if the existing caulk doesn’t look like it’s due for a replacement, invisible damage and stress is likely to compromise its effectiveness over time. So you’ll want to recaulk on a regular basis. Keep in mind that this little window component makes a big difference in how energy-efficient your windows are.

5. Replace the Weatherstripping

The weatherstripping around your windows plays a crucial role in keeping your home energy-efficient. Over time, weatherstripping can become worn out or damaged, allowing air to leak in or out of the windows. So all that cool air your AC works hard to produce will just slip through these gaps. This can lead to drafts, increased energy consumption, and higher utility bills.

This summer, make sure to check the weatherstripping around the window frames to ensure a tight seal. Replace any worn-out or damaged weatherstripping to keep indoor temperatures optimal—and experience more fun in the summer and less hand-fanning! 

6. Lubricate Moving Parts

Do your windows make squeaky sounds every time you open and close them? That’s not an indication that they need more movement. Instead, it’s a sign that they’re in need of lubrication.

Here are some tips for ensuring your Calgary windows move smoothly:

  • Use a silicone-based lubricant on tracks and rollers for smooth operation.
  • Avoid oil-based products as they can attract dirt and debris.

7. Repaint or Stain Wood Frames

Do your windows have wooden frames? Summer is the perfect time to give them a nice fresh coat of paint or stain—that’s because nothing can rain or snow on their parade. This not only improves the appearance of your windows but also helps protect the wood from moisture, UV damage, and other elements.

8. Check and Repair Screens

Summertime means opening your windows to let in the fresh air, but that also means dealing with potential insect intruders. That’s why you want to make sure your window screens are ready to keep these bugs out. After all, you want to be jumping for joy this summer—and not jumping out of fear when random insects pop up in your home.

Minor Repairs

If your window screens have been in place for some time, they may have tears or holes that need to be patched up. Small holes can typically be patched with a screen repair kit, which can be found at most hardware stores. These kits usually come with adhesive patches that can be placed over the hole to create a seamless repair. Simply cut the patch to fit the size of the hole and press it onto the screen. Allow it to dry according to the instructions provided.

Larger Holes or Tears

For larger holes or tears, it may be necessary to replace the entire screen. You can purchase replacement screens at most home improvement stores or contact a professional window company for assistance.

Cleaning Your Screens

Don’t just inspect your screens for damage—give them a nice thorough clean as well to improve your indoor air quality!

You can use a mild soap mixed with warm water and a soft brush or sponge to gently scrub away any dirt or debris. Rinse with clean water and allow them to air dry thoroughly before reinstalling them back into the windows.

9. Install Sun-Blocking Window Treatments

Your windows could use a little back up when it comes to blocking out the heat and maintaining optimal temperatures inside your home. Consider installing sun-blocking window treatments to protect your home from the harsh summer rays—they’ll help keep your home cooler and also prevent UV damage to your furniture, floors, and other household items.

10. Consider Window Upgrades

Most windows have an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years. If your windows are due for a replacement or are no longer efficient, consider upgrading to double or triple-pane windows with low-E coatings and insulated frames for better energy efficiency.

Meet the Coolest Windows and Doors in Calgary

Proper maintenance of your windows not only improves the appearance of your home but also enhances energy efficiency, which can lead to reduced cooling costs during Calgary’s warm summer months.

Need some help from the experts to keep your windows in check?

The weather may be at its hottest, but the Western Windows team is here to give your home a glow-up with the coolest windows. 

Since 1977, Western Windows has continued to live up to its promise of 100% satisfaction with its products, installation, and customer service. It’s easy to see why our windows and doors are the coolest and most in-demand ones no matter the season.

Talk to us today to discover more about our top-tier custom windows and doors in Calgary.

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