4 Ways to Prepare Your Windows for Spring

After a long, hard winter, spring is finally upon us! It’s at this time of year when we most want to see the world transforming and rejuvenating itself. By taking care of your windows, you can take a front-seat view of the flowers coming up in the garden and the leaves growing back on the trees. There are many things you can do to prepare your windows for spring. Here’s what we suggest.

#1. Clean Your Windows

Make a point of cleaning your windows at least every spring and fall to enjoy the best, most unobstructed views of the world. Have the right tools on hand to get the job done. Professional glass cleaner works just fine, but you can also make your own glass cleaner from vinegar and water. See our recent article for more in-depth information about cleaning your windows.

On a side note: window cleaning is much easier when you own windows when you can reach the outside of the glass from inside. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s double-hung windows tilt inward so you don’t have to go outside to clean the outside. This is especially convenient on second floor windows. If you’re considering window replacement in the near future, and you clean your windows more than once per year, take this into consideration as you pick the type of windows that work best for you.

#2. Inspect Your Window Frames for Damage

Check your windows for signs of a leak or damage to the paint. Look for water stains, bubbled paint, mold, mildew, wood rot and so on. If you do find damage, this could be a sign of something much worse happening behind your walls. Get a professional out to take a look, and make repairs if it’s appropriate.

#3. Check the Window Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping is an important part of maintaining an energy-efficient home, especially if you have older windows. Weatherstripping only lasts so long, so check your weatherstripping for signs that it needs to be replaced.

Look for cracks and missing segments or depressions in the weatherstripping that could lead to leaks. Weatherstripping generally lasts one or two years, but not much more. If it’s been a while since you installed weatherstripping in your house, check out the weatherstripping and make changes.

#4. Protect the Birds

One thing you’ll probably notice in spring, especially if you put up bird feeders recently or if birds start to nest around your house, is the way birds will fly into large picture windows. One of the ways you can prevent this from happening is by putting something on your windows to deter birds, like removable window stickers. These simple products are decorative, functional and attractive.

Installing New Windows this Year? Get Started Now

If you’re planning to install new windows anyway, why wait? Install your new windows before hot weather comes this summer. New windows will perform better in hot weather and will help make your home more comfortable throughout the year. Contact Renewal by Andersen of Long Island by using the contact form on this page or call us, toll-free, at (866) 609-5033.



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