This blog post provides seven ideas on how to maintain your windows and doors. Window and door maintenance is an important part of a property management company’s job, but it can be easily forgotten if not approached regularly. This article will provide you with eight easy-to-follow tips that any property manager or owner should know when maintaining their windows and doors!
So have a good read and make sure to take action, as some of these tips are easy to follow and take minutes to complete, but in the long term can save you hundreds and if not thousands in the future, and you would wish you had done the basics in the first place.
1. Clean your windows and doors regularly to prevent dirt build-up
How often do you go to clean your windows and decide next week you will do it? Well, we know that never happens. It is so important to clean windows and doors to keep them looking nice and for safety purposes. Dirt build-up can make it hard to see outside your property or inside of it as well. We recommend cleaning the exterior and interior surfaces monthly with a window cleaner. This also will make it easier to clean in the future.
2. Use a squeegee or glass cleaner to remove excess water from the surface of your windows and doors.
When you clean your winds, it is important to remove any excess water from the surface. This is where a squeegee or glass cleaner can come in handy; they will make it easier to remove all of that water and help dry your windows faster as well. You don’t want old dirty water sitting on your window seal and causing long term issues
3. Seal any cracks in window frames with silicone sealant for better insulation.
Keeping on top of this is so important, especially for noise and heating inside your house. Sealing any cracks in window frames is crucial. You can use silicone sealant for this. You just need to push it into the crack and then wipe away excess with a cloth or paper towel. If there are too many gaps like some of the windows, start by using caulking around them first before applying the sealant. This will help fill more gaps than if you were to apply both at once. The best sealant on the market for this is NP1. Now, NP1 caulk is great all-around as it is flexible and durable so that it will last for the long term.
4. Replace worn door weatherstripping to make sure it seals properly against the frame when closed
Another easy tip that is ignored so often is to replace the worn door weatherstripping. This helps keep drafts away in winter and can also help you save on your heating bill. It is simple to fit a new weatherstrip, and it is a good idea to change the door weatherstripping every couple of years.
5. Remove all screens before winter so they don’t get damaged by snow, ice, and salt.
A bit of seasonal maintenance in the winter will go a long way, can beat the heat loss from the windows and doors. The screen is good for keeping bugs out, but they will get damaged in winter, so it is better to remove them before then if possible. It’s also a good idea to replace any screens every year or two as the plastic can degrade over time, meaning that your window screen may not work anymore when you need it most!
The best way of removing the screens is with pliers (or another tool), cutting all around the perimeter of the frame. This ensures no damage occurs at all. It would be best if you always were careful with winders and especially screens on bay windows because these are more complicated to take down without damaging anything.
6. Inspect exterior lights at night for burnt-out bulbs or loose connections
The best way to maintain exterior lights is by regularly checking the bulbs and connections for any damage. Beware of squirrels, too, as they can chew through electrical cords, so keep an eye out for this if you are in a risk zone for them! If you think that there is something wrong, contact a specialist to help. If it’s just a burnt-out bulb, we recommend investing in LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs that last longer than standard filament ones – typically 15,000 hours compared to around 1000 hours; or replacing them with higher wattage incandescent bulbs. It may be time-consuming but changing these.
7. Maintain your window and door locks
It’s so important to take good care of your windows and door locks not to become an easy target for burglars. Regular maintenance with a bit of wd40 will go a long way once every six months. Also, it would be best if you always kept locks on the inside as well as outside doors. Bolts are another great option if you want to make sure all your windows have a secure lock system in place. If this worries you, then it may be worth installing burglar alarms, too – remember to switch them off when leaving for extended periods or overnight!
8. Inspecting window frames regularly
If any parts of the frame start looking worn out, loose or broken, then consider getting these repaired before they cause more serious damage, which could cost even more money later down the line. You should now know how to maintain your windows and doors with these seven easy-to-follow tips. You must remember this advice, as neglecting window or door maintenance can result in a needless expense down the road! If not addressed very early on, it could lead to costly repairs or replacements. We hope you’ll take some of our ideas for maintaining your property seriously – especially if you’re looking to save yourself time and money by taking care of small things before they become big problems!