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June, 1999 - Windows

Your windows may be framed in a variety of materials, including aluminum, steel, wood, solid vinyl, and vinyl-clad wood. Wood frames should be painted whenever the house or trim on the house is painted (every 4 to 6 years). Aluminum, vinyl, and vinyl-clad wood do not need painting. Steel frames should be painted with a rust-inhibiting paint. Aluminum can be left to age to a uniform gray. The oxidation (or graying) will protect it from the elements. If you prefer to maintain the brighter new look, a coat of wax will work well. To restore aluminum that has turned gray, polish it with steel wool. However prevention is easier than polishing.

Skylights may leak if the seal breaks. When your roof is being inspected for general maintenance, have your seals, caulking, and flashings around skylights inspected for any cracks or interruptions.

Storm windows may not be needed if your house has double glazed windows (two layers of glass with a sealed air space in between). In extreme climates, storm windows over insulated glass may be cost-effective for energy conservation. If you have storm windows, using them will reduce your heating and cooling bills. When exchanging the glass and the screens in the spring and autumn, be sure to clean them both. To clean the outside of a very dirty window use a piece of crumpled newspaper to wash the glass with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water or 3 tablespoons of denatured alcohol per quart of warm water.

Wood windows may need new glazing compound occasionally. Remove cracked or loose compound and clean out dust and dirt. Replace any missing glazier’s points (small pieces of metal that hold the glass in place). Roll some fresh compound between your hands to stretch it out. Fit it against the glass and the wood with your fingers and smooth it with a putty knife. Oil paint can be mixed with the compound to color it or it can be painted.

Condensation is the fog that is evident on the glass of your windows. Condensation is the result of high humidity levels in the home. It generally appears as moisture or ice on the interior glass on your windows. It needs to be noted that if moisture is visible here, it could be happening elsewhere as well. Problems such as peeling paint, rotting wood, mildew or moisture spots are typical symptoms of condensation. Bear in mind that the windows are not the cause of condensation, they are simply an indicator of high humidity levels.

This is a forum for questions and answers.  If you have a question about a particular issue related to windows, please drop us a note and let us know what we can help you with.

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