Hurricane impact windows are designed to withstand severe weather conditions and protect your home from damage caused by high winds and flying debris. These windows are an investment in your home’s safety and security, and taking proper care of them ensures they function properly for years to come.
Here are several care and maintenance tips for your hurricane-impact windows:
1. Keep Them Clean
Maintaining the cleanliness of your windows is the first step in maintaining them. Use a soft cloth or sponge and a mild detergent solution to clean the glass and frame. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or materials that scratch the glass or damage the frame’s finish. Clean your windows at least twice a year or more frequently if you live in a coastal area where saltwater can cause corrosion.
2. Check the Seals
The seals around your windows are essential for keeping out water and air. Over time, seals can deteriorate and crack, compromising the window’s ability to function correctly. Inspect the seals around your windows at least once a year and replace any that show signs of wear and tear. This will help to maintain the window’s integrity and prevent water from seeping in during a storm.
3. Lubricate the Tracks
Hurricane-impact windows slide on tracks, which must be lubricated regularly to ensure smooth operation. Use a silicone-based lubricant to lubricate the tracks and rollers, avoiding petroleum-based products that can attract dust and debris. Be sure to wipe off any excess lubricant to prevent buildup that can interfere with the window’s operation.
4. Test the Locks
Before hurricane season, test your windows’ locks to ensure they’re working correctly. The locks are an essential feature of your hurricane-impact windows, and they need to be in good working order for the window to provide the protection you need. If you notice any problems with the locks, contact a professional for repairs or replacement.
5. Check for Damage
Regularly inspect your windows for any signs of damage, such as cracks or chips in the glass or frame. These can weaken the window and compromise its ability to withstand hurricane-force winds and debris. If you notice any damage, schedule a repair immediately. Don’t wait until hurricane season to address any damage, as it can worsen over time and put your home at risk during a storm.
6. Keep Debris Away
During a storm, debris can be carried by high winds and cause severe damage to your home and windows. To minimize this risk, keep your yard and outdoor areas free of any loose items, such as lawn furniture, toys, or garden tools. Trim trees and shrubs that could potentially fall onto your home during a storm. Consider installing hurricane shutters or impact-resistant windows for additional protection.
7. Follow Manufacturer Recommendations
When it comes to preparing your home for a storm, you need to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for any storm-resistant products you have installed, such as hurricane shutters or impact-resistant windows. These products are designed to withstand strong winds and debris, but only if installed and maintained properly.
Maintaining hurricane-impact windows can keep them functioning correctly and protect your home during severe weather conditions. Regular cleaning, lubrication of hardware, inspection for damage, and proper operation are all important aspects of care and maintenance. By following these tips, you can extend the life of your windows and ensure they continue to provide safety and security for your home.
At Precision Aluminum & Remodeling, we install impact windows and doors to protect homes during severe weather conditions. Allow us to help you keep your impact windows maintained and functioning properly. Contact us today for a free consultation!