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How to extend the life of vinyl windows: useful tips

Comfortable life in your own house or apartment is impossible to imagine without quality vinyl double-glazed windows. Double and triple panes of glass protect the dwelling from draughts and extraneous noise. They also reliably protect from burglars, as they are closed with strong locks that cannot be opened from the outside.

Our window installation company – Canglow, knows very well that proper care and installation of double-glazed windows is not just a service, but an art that benefits every home in Alberta – in Yellowknife and the Dettah community.

Let’s learn together the secrets of how to give your vinyl windows long and reliable service while maintaining their pristine luster and functionality. We are confident that with our tips, your vinyl windows will last year after year, while remaining a cost-effective solution in terms of both installation and replacement windows.

What is vinyl?

Vinyl is not just a material, it’s a revolution in the world of window technology. In our quest to offer customers in Alberta and beyond not only aesthetically pleasing but also high-performance solutions, we have chosen vinyl as the primary material for our windows. But what makes vinyl so unique?

This material has excellent insulation properties. This means your homes will stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer, reducing your heating and indoor air conditioning costs. In addition, vinyl:

  • corrosion resistant;
  • not affected by moisture;
  • does not require repainting, which significantly reduces maintenance costs.

Another advantage of vinyl is its durability and strength. This material is able to withstand extreme temperature fluctuations, which is especially important in Alberta’s climate. This means that investing in replacement windows will bring long-term benefits.

This material offers exceptional design flexibility. With a wide range of styles and colors, vinyl windows can be adapted to any architectural style, from classic to contemporary.

With these factors in mind, proper care and regular maintenance of double or triple pane windows not only extends their lifespan, but also maximizes comfort and efficiency for your home.

Regular cleaning and maintenance

Keeping your windows clean and in good working order is the secret to their longevity and operational efficiency. At Canglow, we recommend that our clients in Alberta follow these simple but effective steps to take care of their windows:

Proper cleaning

Start with a soft cloth or sponge and a mild cleaning solution. Avoid abrasive products that can scratch or damage the vinyl. Clean the glass and frames regularly to prevent the buildup of dirt and dust that can impair the visibility and aesthetics of your windows.

Checking for dirt and clogging

Pay special attention to nooks and crannies where dirt can accumulate. This is especially important for products where dust and dirt can accumulate quite quickly.

Use of suitable cleaning agents

Use specialized cleaners for that effectively remove dirt and grease without leaving streaks.

Cleaning frequency

Regular cleaning (at least once a quarter) will help keep your windows in perfect condition. Snowy or dusty areas of Alberta may require more frequent cleaning.

Checking for damage

Inspect the glass regularly for cracks, chips or other damage. This will help avoid costly repairs in the future.

Checking and maintaining tightness

Window tightness is one of the key aspects that ensure the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. Our experts emphasize the importance of regularly checking and maintaining the airtightness of structures.

Check the seals

The seals should be intact and free of visible damage. Check them for cracks or wear, especially before winter and summer, when temperature changes can accelerate their wear.

Diagnose drafts from the frames

Inspect the frames for drafts or air leaks. A simple way to check is to use a light candle or thin paper. The movement of the flame or paper will indicate a leak.

Replace seals in good time

If you find worn or damaged seals, replace them immediately. In some cases, the seals can be adjusted to improve sealing.

Use sealants

In case of small blow-outs, you can use special sealants for vinyl windows. This is an easy and economical way to improve the airtightness of the frames.

By keeping your vinyl windows airtight, you’ll not only keep your home comfortable, but you’ll also lower your energy costs.

Weather protection

The Canglow vinyl windows installed in your Alberta home are highly resistant to various weather conditions. However, it is important to take additional protective measures to maximize their lifespan:

Protection against extreme temperatures

It is important to ensure that your windows are not directly exposed to extreme temperatures. Using insulating curtains or drapes can help to reduce exposure to strong solar radiation in summer and cold in winter.

Prevention of moisture and condensation

Make sure your home maintains optimal humidity levels. Excess moisture can cause condensation on the windows, which can damage the vinyl and seals over time.

Use of additional security features

Installing awnings or canopies over your windows will help protect them from rain, snow and sunlight, thereby increasing their lifespan.

Protection against mechanical damage

To keep your vinyl windows in great condition for years to come, it’s important to avoid mechanical damage:

Prevent scratches and damage

Use caution when using objects near windows. Avoid contact with sharp or heavy objects that may scratch or damage the vinyl.

Careful handling when opening and closing

Make sure you and your family members handle the windows carefully when opening and closing them. Avoid sudden movements and impacts that could damage the hardware or vinyl frames.

How much do our windows and doors cost

At Canglow, in addition to installing double and triple glazing, we also specialize in installing patio doors and replacement doors for the entrance to apartments or your cottages. And our custom doors are a combination of sophistication and functionality, being made from high quality materials such as:

  • metal;
  • natural wood;
  • fiberglass.

These materials provide strength, reliability, and durability, making door installation a reliable way to not only protect your home from intruders, but also beautify your cottage entrance.

When it comes to window costs, our company offers rebates of up to 25% on replacement double-glazed windows. Plus, you can save up to $5,600 on Energy Star certified double or triple pane windows thanks to a Greener Home grant designed specifically for Alberta’s climate! Our window replacement cost is justified by the high energy saving performance of our double and triple pane windows.

What models we offer

We have a wide range of designs, including both blind and pivot windows, as well as models with unusual configurations such as bay windows. Whether you’re looking for double or triple glazing, we have options to suit all tastes and budgets.

If you are looking for quality double glazing in Alberta, contact our Edmonton headquarters. We will offer a free consultation, help you find the most suitable double glazing options and carefully install them in your home or apartment, guaranteeing quality for years to come!

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