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Tricks to Extend the Lifespan of Your Windows

Buying new windows for your home is a major purchase. Luckily though, it isn't something that needs to be done often. However, few people realize that there are a few tips and tricks that can help you extend the lifespan of your new windows. My husband and I recently bought new windows and I wanted to make sure I got the most out of them, which is how I came across these tricks. I spent a lot of time researching and learning about them, so I decided to create a website to help others who may be looking for the same information. I hope this helps you.

Tricks to Extend the Lifespan of Your Windows

Mold Problems On Sliding Glass Doors

by Bradley Castillo

Mold growth on your sliding door shouldn't be too much of an issue, but it should never be ignored. Why does it happen and how can you make it stop re-growing after you have cleaned it up?

Mold on the Frame

Most sliding glass door frames are made up of wood or aluminum. Although aluminum is more resistant to mold growth than wood, it can still grow mold if the dust and dirt isn't cleaned off of it regularly.

Wood frames can quickly grow mold because wood is an organic material that can absorb moisture and create the perfect growth conditions for mold.

To prevent mold growth on metal frames, simply keep the frame clean. Add it to a regular weekly cleaning routine. To eliminate the mold that has already formed, use a 1:1 mixture of bleach and water. Use a toothbrush to get the areas in the corners and crevices.

To prevent mold growth on wood frames, keep the area dry. If the door appears to be leaking, have it repaired or use silicone caulk to seal up where the leak is coming from. Then, use some wood sealant to seal the wood and make it more difficult for it to absorb water and promote mold growth.

Mold on the Tracks

This shouldn't be much of a problem, but it can happen if you don't keep the tracks clean. Just like the metal frame, the dirt and debris that builds up and is exposed to moisture will promote mold growth. Use your vacuum to suck the dirt and debris away and use a damp cloth or tooth brush to clean the areas that aren't easily reached.

Mold on the Glass

This should never really be an issue unless the windows have been neglected for a substantial amount of time. One problem that may occur even with regular cleanings is mold growth between the window panes. This will happen when the windows get older or have been damaged enough to allow moisture and debris to seep in between the two panels of glass.

To prevent this problem, keep the windows as dry as possible. Run a dehumidifier to lower the internal humidity level inside your home. If you notice condensation forming on the glass, wipe it clean and turn on a fan to circulate the air in the room.

For more information about glass door maintenance and/or replacement, visit http://www.windowstampa.com or a similar website.