You took the plunge and installed new Cascade windows in your Portland Oregon home.
Even though your new windows require minimum care and maintenance, you do need to clean and inspect them at least once a year to protect their warranty and keep them working smoothly.
As a Cascade dealer, Sierra Glass offers the following tips for Portland homeowners to ensure their windows maintain their beauty and maximum performance throughout the coming years.
Do’s for cleaning window glass
Whether the glass in your windows are low-e, insulated or heat reflective, cleaning is relatively easy.
- Clean glass with a mixture of mild soap and water or glass cleaner.
- Rinse well with clear water and dry with soft cloth or squeegee to prevent water spots.
- When cleaning exterior windows, remember to start with the upper story and work down.
Things to avoid when cleaning glass
- Do not power-wash or use a high-pressure hose as it can damage the glass seal and allow water to enter the unit.
- Don’t let water or cleaners collect or pool at the glass edges near the glazing materials.
- Avoid cleaning in direct sunlight or in very hot or cold temperatures.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners, petroleum-based products or chemicals. They can damage the glass, insulated glass seal or other components.
- Metal tools, razor blades, steel pads or other sharp objects should never be used as they can damage the window surface, scratch the glass and remove exterior glass coating.
- Never put masking tape, tints or films on your glass as they cause excessive heat buildup which can cause heat cracks and seal failure (also voids your warranty).
Window frames and patio door care
The frames of Cascade window and patio doors are constructed with material that prevents penetrating stains from dirt and grease. Even so, you still need to clean and maintain them to keep them looking good throughout their lifetime.
Frame care do’s
- Vacuum dirt and debris from the sill and track before washing it with mild soap and water.
- After cleaning, rinse well with water and dry with soft cloth.
- Use a cream wax cleaner or polish to remove stubborn stains.
- Make sure weep holes are clear of debris so water can drain properly.
Things to avoid
- Do not use abrasive cleaners, solvents or chemicals because they will damage the finish or other components.
- Don’t let water or cleaners pool or collect on the surface or crevices.
- Never use a hard bristle brush or steel pads on the frame finish.
Special note-Moving parts on your windows or patio doors need an annual inspection and lubrication for smooth operation. If you live near the coast, the salt air may make it necessary to clean and lubricate more often.
Why do windows have weep holes?
While vinyl windows are not susceptible to moisture damage, problems could develop in the structure around the window if water cannot drain from the sill area to the exterior. For this reason, windows are designed with a simple drainage system made up of weep holes.
Weep holes are located on the bottom edge so that any accumulated water can drain to the exterior of your home. It’s not uncommon to see some water in the track when there’s a wind driven rain. As long as water can drain away, there will be no infiltration into your home.
Tips for keeping drainage system working
- Vacuum any soil or debris from the sill and track before washing it.
- Check that there’s no dirt or debris blocking the weep holes
- Use a soft bristle brush, like a toothbrush or paintbrush to clear weep holes that have become clogged.
- An air compressor or canned air can be used to remove debris from weeps.
Follow these recommendations and your Cascade windows and patio doors will stay beautiful and operate smoothly for many years.
Contact Sierra Glass if you have any questions about Cascade windows or their warranty.