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How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Roof Windows

There was a time when roof windows were rumoured to be leaky and high maintenance. This phenomenon is no longer true if it ever was. Roof windows bring many benefits to a home. There’s no particular reason to miss out on the increased ventilation and floods of natural light because of the rumours of the past. A lot of roof windows come with guarantees to ensure they remain functional for years to come.

Installation

A properly installed roof window will bring light and air into the darkest and most dismal of spaces. The dark interior hallway with no natural light sources will have its shadows penetrated by a roof window. Due to how exposed a roof window is, it really needs to be properly installed to ensure it can stand up to the natural elements, so hire a professional. Not a handyman but someone trained to install roof windows.

Roof

Your roof needs to be suitable for the window being installed. Be prepared to be flexible about where the window is located, its size and the shape. Unsuitable windows require more maintenance and won’t last as long. That’s if they can even be installed at all.

Check for Leaks

Leaks are the most obvious sign that something is wrong with your roof window. No one wants to wake up to rain falling on them. Check to make sure you haven’t left the window open before phoning for a repair. The flashing might need replacing.

Condensation

If condensation is forming around your window or between glass panes, it hasn’t been installed correctly, or it is time for a replacement. Condensation can compromise your entire roof and lead to damp and mould inside your home. It is cheaper and easier to have the window replaced than to attempt saving it. Ensuring your next window is properly installed will bring enjoyment for years to come.

Self-Cleaning Glass

Self-cleaning windows don’t eliminate the need to have them cleaned. If your window is fitted with self-cleaning glass, you will need to take extra precautions. Do not use soap the glass with dye in it. This will break down the self-cleaning compounds. An abrasive cloth and squeegee will scrape at the self-cleaning compounds. Make sure you or your window cleaner use a soft cloth and purified water.

Wash the Windows

All windows need to be cleaned inside and out to add to their lifespan. Roof windows are no exception to this. A dirty window isn’t going to do much to bring cheer to a dark and dismal space either.

Fallen Debris

Fallen debris, including snow, needs to be cleared from roof windows. It can lead to condensation if left in place or even make the window burst inwards. While clearing debris, check for any signs of damage to the window and make arrangements to have it repaired as soon as possible. Be careful not to damage the window by tapping on the glass.

When properly maintained, you will be able to enjoy your roof windows for many years.

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