Homeownership 101- Window, Gutter and Pressure Cleaning

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Your home is a big investment. Given this, when was the last time you washed your windows, cleaned out your gutter and pressure washed your home’s exterior surfaces? Regular window, gutter, and pressure cleanings is a vital part of home maintenance. These cleanings help to protect your home’s value, appearance and function, while minimizing costly repairs down the road. Unfortunately, cleaning windows, gutters and pressure washing are time consuming tasks and, for some, it may seem downright daunting. Not surprisingly, many savvy home owners save time and hassle by hiring highly reputable companies that offers all three services at cost-effective rates, such as Window Washing, Inc.

Window Cleaning
A thoroughly clean windows improves the view from inside and outside your home. Also, through regular cleanings you can spot any potential issues and avoid/reduce glass degradation. Over time, a variety of contaminants will permeate class glass will such as oxidations from windows encased in metal frames and screens, acid rain, sea spray, and hard minerals (from sprinkler systems and building run-off).

Gutter Cleaning
Experts recommend cleaning your gutter system at least twice annually Gutter systems keep water away from your home. However, overtime leaves and debris often wash into gutter which can cause clogs. Clogged gutters can lead to various issues that if not fixed may lead to costly repairs. Consequently, most experts recommend cleaning out your gutter system at least twice a year to ensure everything is functioning correctly.

Pressure Washing
Pressure wash is required to properly clean your home’s exterior, including driveways, decks, patios, sidewalks, and more. It can bring surface back to their original appearance, extend the life of wood siding and decks, and reduce indoor allergen levels. Power washing also helps to prevent permanent damage caused by letting stains and grime stay on surfaces.

5 Window Maintenance Tips

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Window maintenance is an essential part of homeownership. Proper care is necessary to ensure windows operate at their best. Keeping them clean and in good condition will enhance your home’s appearance, protect energy-saving benefits and minimize replacement costs. Windows often battle weather conditions, fluctuating temperatures, ultraviolet light, high winds, rain, dirt, and more. Over time, this takes a toll. However, with regular care you can reduce damages. Below are some window maintenance tips.

Inspect
Regularly inspect your windows. This will help extend their life and mitigate problems. At least twice a year, carefully evaluate every window- from the inside and outside. This includes inspecting frames, sills, sashes, glazing compound or putty, strips, sealants, paint, gaps, operation and fit. Frames and sashes are susceptible to change in size based on use and exposure. Also check for signs of rot, which suggests moisture infiltration.

Clean
Clean your windows regularly. Wipe wooden windows with a damp cloth but avoid using too much water since it can unwittingly promote rot. With vinyl and aluminum framed windows use warm soapy water and a cloth. To help reduce dirt build-up in window components, keep blinds dust free and wipe wall around window.

Seal
Make sure the seal around windows are in good condition. If they are damaged or worn out, it’s time to repair or replace. Any gap means air is allowed to enter your home, which makes it difficult to regulate internal temperature and air quality. This also means it will take more energy to cool or heat the home, increasing energy bills.

Paint
Experts recommend repainting wooden and metal frames about every 3 to 4 years. This helps to protect windows and maintain their appearance.

Damage
Experts advise homeowners fix cracks, breaks, holes, and splinters when they first appear in window frames. Repair delays can spur additional damage and deterioration. The longer issues go unaddressed, the more the window will deteriorate.

Different types of windows require different types of care. Wood windows are very different from fiberglass, vinyl, and aluminum windows. Learn more about the best way to maintain your particular windows for optimal operation, longevity and appearance. Your home will thank you.

Selling Your Home: Three Important Tasks to Add Curb Appeal

house-for-sale-small When it comes to selling your home, making an excellent first impression is key to attracting buyers. This begins with the exterior. Many home buyers decide whether or not to see a home based on how it looks on the outside. There are numerous things savvy home owners can do to add curb appeal. Following are just three tasks that will instantly increase improve your home’s  exterior appearance.

  1. Professionally Wash Windows

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6 Signs You Need New Windows

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Windows play a large role in your home’s appearance and its energy saving abilities. Recognizing when it’s time to install new windows is important to any savvy home owner. Fortunately, the recouped costs for replacing windows (vinyl or wood), in the greater Chicago area, is between 82% and 88.4%, according to the 2014 Cost vs Value Report. Following are six signs it might be time to replace your windows.

  1. Window Trim is Chipping, Peeling, Missing, Cracking, or Rotting

What is the condition of the trim around your window?  Peeling paint, cracking or rotting are signs of moisture, over exposure to UV rays or extreme temperature changes. Aesthetics aside, these conditions tend to lead to warping around the windows. Continue reading “6 Signs You Need New Windows”

Top 6 Reasons to Hire a Professional Window Cleaner

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Over time, the outside window glass can become infused with contaminates such as hard minerals, acid rain, oxidization, paint, caulking, and other materials. Since glass is porous, these pollutants tend to settle into grooves and valley. Regular window cleaning is required to prevent permanent damage. Experts recommend a minimum of two times a year is highly recommended to prevent glass degradation and to maintain your windows’ luster.

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