“April showers bring May flowers.” They also bring mold and mildew to windows that aren’t properly sealed and waterproofed. You can easily avoid the hassle and expense of repairing or replacing the windows around your home by taking a few precautions.
Windows are commonly made of wood, aluminum, fiberglass or vinyl. If you’re buying a newly built home or buying custom replacement windows for your home, you’ll notice right away that today’s windows tend to be low maintenance. Most, if not all, are treated with waterproof stains, paints or sealants during the manufacturing process. If you have older windows, there are some things you can do to protect your windows from harmful springtime rain.
Most people know that water can cause wood-frame windows to become moldy, mildewed or rot. But aluminum-frame windows are also vulnerable to mold and mildew.
- With wood-frame windows, treating the wood with sealant will keep rain water from soaking into the wood and ultimately causing mold or mildew.
- With aluminum, regular cleaning with hot soapy water is the best way to prevent mold and mildew from developing within in the frame because without dirt, mold and mildew can’t grow on aluminum-frame windows.
- Vinyl and fiberglass windows, like aluminum won’t rot like wood, but they should be cleaned regularly with hot soapy water and dried thoroughly afterward. For hard to reach windows, it might be a good idea to wash them on a warm, sunny day so they can air dry.
To protect the insides of your windows, you’ll want to make sure there’s a good seal around the entire frame. If you do spot any leaks, you can repair them replacing old caulking with new. You can buy caulking in home improvement stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot. Make sure the weather stripping between and around the sashes is kept clean and intact. Should it need to be replaced, you can find it at a home improvement store or your local hardware store.
If you decided to simply replace your old windows, you’ll see that there’s not much that you’ll need to do to protect them those impending April showers. But if your home is older, it’s not too late to get started waterproofing your windows. Contact Nationwide Windows and Siding for your FREE home improvement quote!