Care and Operation of Your Windows and Doors

Annual Window and Door

Maintenence Checklist

Even though your new windows and doors require no yearly scraping, sanding and painting inspecting them is still recommended.  Some people never open their windows due to air conditioning, etc. but it is a good idea to operated the sash and clean the inside tracks from any debris. On units that have exterior weep holes check to make sure the channel is not clogged. Casements and awning units should have the hardware cleaned.  The ease of cleaning your new windows is a breeze!  No more dangerous ladders!

Women Cleaning Her Winchester Industries Windows

Cleaning Your Windows and Doors

Frame Cleaning

To ensure the look and performance of your vinyl window or patio door, you should use mild, non-abrasive soap and water when cleaning them. Wipe dry when finished. Never use abrasive or acidic cleaners since they might cause permanent damage to the frame finish. Be sure to avoid potential damage from cleaners by first testing the cleaner on a small hidden area. 

Caring for Your Glass

Ensure our window’s exceptional performance by following proper maintenance. 

  • Use a mixture of mild dish soap and water to clean the glass and rinse completely with clear water. Wipe dry with a soft cloth.
  • To avoid potential damage to your glass surface or insulating seal, never use petroleum-based cleaners or caustic chemicals; razor blades, putty knives or abrasive pads; or high-pressure hoses on any part of your window or patio door.
  • Use only mild soap, water, and a soft brush when cleaning your screens. When finished, rinse with clear water and wipe dry.
Managing Condensation and Mold

Excess moisture on the inside of your window has the potential to cause deterioration and possible mold growth that may cause health concerns. To reduce the risk of excessive condensation and mold growth, follow these steps:

  • Check all windows and patio doors for smooth operation and that they are sealing airtight. 
  • Use exhaust fans regularly in rooms with high humidity (bathrooms, pool rooms, kitchens, etc.) 
  • Use a ceiling fan to continually circulate air.
  • Dehumidifiers can drastically reduce the amount of moisture inside your home.
  • When practical, open all windows and doors when experiencing excessive moisture inside your home.

Keeping Things in Working Order

Ensure Your Vinyl Windows and Patio Doors will Operate Smoothly

The following steps can ensure your vinyl window or patio door will open, close, lock, and unlock smoothly for as long as you own your home.

  • Be sure to periodically lubricate all window tracks and rollers. We recommend that you lubricate the hardware components once a year. In areas with high salt air, at least twice a year is recommended.
  • It’s important to make sure your window and patio door seals evenly when closed. Regularly check your weather-stripping to ensure your window or patio door is sealed airtight.
  • Vacuum the tracks on all sliding patio doors and windows to clear any dirt or debris.
  • Your sliding patio door rollers can be adjusted for proper height clearance. Carefully use a screwdriver through an acess hole at the bottom of your patio door ot do so.

Instructional Videos

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