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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

Etch Your Windows For Increased Privacy Without Disrupting The Natural Light

by Bradley Castillo

Having lots of windows in your house will not only allow a lot of natural light to flood the space, but those windows can also provide those passing by your home a clear view inside. If you'd like to increase the privacy in your home without reducing the natural light, you may love the idea of etching some of the windows in your home. Here, you'll learn how to custom etch the windows in your home.

Plan the Design

When you etch glass, you will no longer be able to see clearly through the window. If you wish to be able to see what is going on outside, you'll want to etch a design into the window so that you'll be able to see out of the window through the parts of the windows that aren't etched.

If you have no need or desire to see out the window, you can etch the entire surface to block the visibility completely. You'll be able to see shadows outside the glass, but you won't be able to clearly see who it is standing there.

Pick a Stencil

Take a trip to your local home improvement or craft supply store. There, you'll find a number of stencil options to choose from. You'll find designs as simple as letters and numbers to intricate designs with flowers and vines.

If you can't find a stencil that will blend well with the décor or style of your home, you can create your own stencil with nothing more than contact paper and a sharp razor knife. Draw the design on the contact paper, cut it out carefully and when you're ready to use the stencil, you simply remove the backing, stick it to the window and complete the etching process.

Get Etching

Now it's time to get etching. The first step is to clean the window thoroughly. If you leave any residue on the window, it could become discolored when you add the etching cream and stain the surface forever.

Place the stencil on the window. If the stencil doesn't have adhesive on the back, you'll need to tape it in place. If there is adhesive backing, remove the backing, and carefully position the stencil on the glass.

Open some windows in the room in which you're not working. You'll want the space to be very well ventilated so that you don't become sick from the fumes that the etching cream produces.

Follow the instructions on the etching cream that you've selected.

This project will increase privacy while still allowing your home to be flooded with natural light through the day. Contact a local company for more information about home window products.