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Window Wisdom series of tips and advice from Charles & Hudson


For those of you who haven’t seen it, Marvin Windows and Doors is sponsoring a Window Wisdom series on Charles & Hudson. So far, we’ve shared tips for evaluating a window’s condition, cleaning and upkeep and shopping for the correct window. Here’s a glimpse at some of the tips we’ve offered up thus far:

Watch the Flame
“We use this same tip to check for drafts around a door. Hold a lighted candle 2-3 inches from the edge of a closed interior window and slowly move it around the window. If you see the flame flicker in a particular spot you know you’ve got a draft.”

Weather Beater
“If you live in a particularly extreme climate that gets extremely cold or hot or wet, you should check the condition of your windows more frequently than those who live in moderate weather areas. Water damage is a frequent cause of window failure and the expansion and contraction of window frames from hot or cold weather can also be detrimental. Not to mention UV rays which can break down untreated or damaged wood causing further damage.”

Before You Buy
“Be sure to check the wall thickness before ordering doors and windows. Manufacturers will customize the frame jambs to match whatever wall construction you have. Find your wall thickness by measuring the jamb width on an existing door or window.”

Ditch the Dirt
“Dust and dirt can quickly accumulate in and around the moving parts of a window. If it’s really bad start with a vacuum and and clean the tracks. Use a toothbrush to get in deep between the tracks. Then clean and lubricate all of the mechanical parts using a silicone spray.”

For the next post in the series, Charles & Hudson will take readers on a visit to a Marvin Windows & Doors dealer.