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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

Make Your New Awning Last As Long As Possible With These Steps

by Bradley Castillo

Having an awning mounted above the ground-floor windows or sliding doors of your home is an ideal way to prevent too much sun from flowing into the home and heating it up, as well as providing you with shade when you're sitting outside. Awnings are available in a wide range of colors and styles, which means that you'll have no trouble selecting an awning that  perfectly suits the appearance of your home's exterior. Once you've made this investment, you may be eager to grab a seat beneath the awning with your book and a cold drink, but it's also important to consider some simple steps that will extend the life of this accessory. Here are some ideas.

Roll It Up When It's Not In Use

While you'll want to keep the awning set up when you're using it, it's a good idea to roll it up when you don't need it. The UV rays from the sun, over time, can cause fading in the color of the awning and even break down the material. However, if you make a commitment to take down the awning when you're not specifically using it for shade, you can expect the awning to last for a long time.

Allow It To Dry After The Rain

Perhaps you've decided to enjoy the fresh smell in your yard during the rainfall — and are using the awning overhead to provide shelter while you sit. There's nothing wrong with this idea, but you need to be sure that the awning is perfectly dry before you roll it up. You don't want moisture to be trapped in the rolled awning; without easy access to air, this can lead to the growth of mildew and even promote rotting, especially if you don't open up the awning for a considerable length of time. You should always be in the habit of reaching up and running your hand over the awning to ensure that it's dry before you roll it up.

Keep It Clean

When your awning is installed, check the owner's manual or ask the installation crew for some tips about specifically cleaning your product. It's important to wash the awning occasionally, often with soap and water and a scrub brush. This will remove any mildew that has appeared, which can especially occur when you live in a humid climate or the awning gets a considerable amount of shade throughout the day. Giving the awning a scrub, when needed, will ensure that it looks brand new for years.