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Stop Doing These Things to Your Windows Right Now

The life span of your windows depends on factors like maintenance, material and manufacturer. For example, vinyl replacement windows can usually last 13 to 15 years but, depending on who made and installed the window, you can increase or decrease its estimated life by a good 5 to 10 years. You can take this even further by ensuring that your replacement windows are well taken care of. With proper and regular maintenance, you can get up to 20 years of use from your windows.


When people think about window maintenance, most tips focus on what you should do. However, there are also a few bad habits that you should stop doing so you don’t jeopardize your windows. Here are some window maintenance mistakes our experts at Renewal by Andersen® of Memphis think you should stop doing right now.

Neglecting Low-E Coating

Tennessee has seen its fair bit of storms which is why storm window and door replacement are common choices in many Memphis homes. However, one big mistake people always make is choosing a storm window that does not have a Low-E coating which can improve their energy performance. Renewal by Andersen replacement windows come standard with a High Performance™ Low-E4® glass so you don’t have to worry about losing efficiency even in storm replacement windows.

Cleaning Tracks Improperly

The tracks that allow sliding windows to open or shut are its most vulnerable parts. Make sure you regularly clean dust and dirt off these areas so your sliders do not get stuck. Casement and double-hung windows will also have tracks on the sides which should also be kept dust-free as much as possible.

Keeping Windows Unlocked

The locking mechanism in operable replacement windows are more than just a security feature. When the locks are latched, it helps form an airtight seal around the sashes and jambs, ensuring better performance for your windows.

At Renewal by Andersen of Memphis, we are your leading provider of window and door replacement services. Give us a call at (901) 979-4460 or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-obligation design consultation and request a free estimate today.


"Love my new windows from Renewal by Andersen. The installation was seamless. The installers were great and very professional. They also made sure to clean up after themselves. Need windows go with Renewal by Andersen."

Tessica Agnew
Feb 28, 2024

"Our windows were the original ones that were installed when they built the house in 1972. They wouldn't open, they had been painted shut. They were single pane and the glaze was cracked everywhere. I had to put plastic up every year to help keep the house warm at least a little bit. My MIL was surprised that there weren't any panes in the windows. Now she loves it. We have put a film on the windows so we can see out but no one can see in. We are loving it!"

Beverley Collins
Feb 16, 2024

"I love my new windows! The installation crew was efficient, courteous and tidy."

Jeannette Kirby
Feb 21, 2024

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