At Bellwether, we aren’t just siding experts. We cover your Colorado home’s full exterior, from siding and trim, to gutters and windows. Home exterior projects require an investment of time and money, so you not only want it to look nice—you want to know that your investment will last. Replacing windows can be a big undertaking, but our installation teams help you get the most efficient and long-lasting life out of your windows, and we can help you with tips for extending your window lifespan.
It is important to note that the lifespan of your windows is dependent on a few factors, namely, the type of windows you choose and your home’s environment. While these tips for extending the lifespan of your windows do apply to all window types, make sure that you work with the Bellwether design team to choose the windows that make the most sense for your home’s needs and environment, as well as your budget and schedule.
Begin with a professional installation of high-quality windows.
First and foremost, the top way to ensure that your windows last a lifetime begins at installation. At Bellwether, we recommend high-quality products that are designed for the Colorado climate and weather, meant to efficiently climate control your home and protect you from the outdoor elements. Our installation teams adhere to the industry’s best practices, from design to fitting to finalizing your window installation. When you begin with a well-crafted, expertly-installed window, you know that you’re setting up your home with windows that will last.
Cleaning and maintenance.
Next on the list for extending the lifespan of your windows: cleaning and home maintenance. After making an investment in your windows, you can keep them high-functioning and looking like new with simple, regular cleaning and maintenance. This includes cleaning, not only the glass, but the casing and sealant around your windows, keeping it clear of excessive dust and dirt that could eventually compromise the window’s function.
Regular window inspection.
The next best tip for maintaining your windows is regular inspection. In most cases, the earlier you catch and diagnose an issue, the easier it is to repair or replace something small, without risk of greater damage. If you are regularly cleaning your windows, it’s a great time to also inspect the glass for signs of damage or moisture, as well as the casings. Familiarize yourself with your windows when they are brand new so you can track any changes.
Moisture management with sealing and repainting.
Lastly, since window lifespan is greatly affected by moisture intrusion, it is important that you reinforce your windows against moisture before it leaks in. When you catch wear-and-tear during your cleanings and inspections, replace the seal or repaint the trim right away. This upkeep helps to stop moisture damage before it begins by eliminating peeling or cracks at the start. Resealing will also maintain your home’s energy efficiency, blocking small air leaks and preventing cold air from entering your home.
When repainting or resealing, it is important to make sure that you are precise and neat in your application so as not to interfere with your window’s functionality by painting it shut. Your Bellwether installation experts can make sure that you fully understand how your windows are installed and how they operate so that you can properly care for them after installation.
With simple care and attention to detail, installing new windows in your home is an investment that will last you a lifetime—and even beyond the time you spend in your home. High-quality, cared-for windows often yield a return-on-investment at the time of sale, and they improve efficiency and curb appeal.