Expensive new windows, especially custom windows, can seem like a very vulnerable investment. What if, for example, your lawnmower throws a rock at it two days after installation? You may wonder what you can do to protect your new windows and maintain their tiptop shape. Here are three tips for upkeep and protection.
1. Storm shutters
Whether you have tree limbs near your house that might blow into your windows during a thunderstorm or whether you live in a hail-prone or hurricane-prone area, storm shutters can be a lifesaver for your windows.
Many shutters nowadays are nonfunctional and designed only to be used for decorative purposes. If you have this type of shutters (you'll be able to tell because they're nailed to the siding and don't open and close), you'll want to replace them with functional storm shutters. Functional shutters can be closed during a storm and bear the brunt of any missiles that the storm throws at your window.
2. Protective screens
You can also purchase super-strong, protective window screens designed to prevent window damage. While standard window screens won't protect your windows from a lawnmower-tossed rock or casual vandalism, these super-strong mesh screens can. Thrown objects and even direct hits from baseball bats can bounce right off these screens.
Some tamper-resistant screens not only repel a rock or baseball but can also repel burglars. This provides a great by-product of increased security to your home in addition to window protection. While a burglar likely could get through these screens (for example, if they brought equipment to cut through the screen with), they're more likely to realize your home isn't an easy target and move on to the next home.
3. Redo caulking
New window installations come with new caulking around the outside edges. Unfortunately, caulk doesn't last as long as glass, so you'll need to have the caulk re-applied from time to time. Otherwise, cracks will form, water will leak in, and rot and mold can damage your siding and walls. You can check the caulk yourself every few months (or at least once or twice a year) to monitor its integrity or you can simply have your windows professionally inspected and maintained on an ongoing basis.
These tips will help you protect your windows from an untimely demise and keep them in top functioning shape. Talk to your window services contractors about professional maintenance to develop a maintenance schedule that's right for your windows.