Cleaning and Maintaining Your Home's Windows and Doors

Simonton vinyl windows and patio doors are virtually maintenance free and easy to clean. Keeping vinyl windows clean and cared for doesn’t take long. And by doing so, upi helps keep your windows and doors beautiful and in top working order.

Below are tips and expert advice for performing simple, routine care to make themost of your investment.


Window Condensation: How does it happen, How to Reduce It
Under certain conditions, condensation can occur both inside and outside your home but windows do not cause condensation. The source of condensation, or “sweating” on windows and mirrors inside a home is caused by humidity, or invisible water vapor, present in virtually all air. When this water vapor comes in contact with a surface, which is at a temperature below what is called the “dew point,” the vapor turns to visible droplets of liquid, or condenses on the cooler surface. This often happens to bathroom mirrors and walls after someone has taken a hot shower. Condensation can also occur on windows during the winter if the inside humidity level is high enough.

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Air Infiltration Around Windows and Doors
To some extent, every home, regardless of age or location, needs to “breathe.” You may feel some air coming into your home around windows, doors, skylights, electrical outlets, walls, floors or the roof. This is air infiltration, and it is the result of air pressure differences between the inside and outside of the home. Every home has some level of air infiltration.

Continue reading about window air infiltration on the AAMA website.


Exterior Coatings for Windows and Doors
The water-based exterior coatings used on Simonton products are very durable, environmentally friendly and UV-resistant. They have been specially engineered for finishing vinyl extrusions and reflect the latest advancements in water-based coatings.

Click here to download the full PDF about our Exterior Window Coatings, and how to perform quick touch-ups. Download now.


Window Installation Diagnostics
The following are some guidelines to help identify key areas of installation that can directly affect the amount of air that can pass through a window as well as overall functionality and ease of operation. In order for a window to seal properly, it must be correctly installed in a way that allows the weather stripping in all areas of the frame and sash to make proper contact and compression while still permitting the window to function.

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Window Screen Care & Cleaning Guide
Screens are an important part of any window and patio door. They let the outside air into your home, and help keep the bugs out. Screens pick up dirt and grit from the outside air, but they can be easily cleaned and looking like new in no time.

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