Schedule a Free Consultation

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.


"I had an excellent group of installers come out to install my windows. Very professional and went out of their way to make sure everything was to my satisfaction. Would recommend these installers to anyone."

Chuck Walker
Nov 27, 2023

"I can't say enough about Renewal by Andersen. From our initial sit down with the salesman to the final touches being put on our new windows, the whole experience was great! The windows look amazing & the installers were very careful to keep everything clean & cause minimal disruption in my home. Yes, they may be a little expensive, but you pay for what you get. These are quality windows installed by trained professionals. Communication was great & time frame was faster than i expected. They really deliver! I literally had nothing to worry about accept writing the check. I would strongly recommend this company to others! And I'll be calling them back out in the Spring to replace the last 3 windows on my house!"

Savanna Jayne
Nov 9, 2023

"Very professional, actually came a week earlier than expected, cleaned up during and after job, and we love our windows!"

Tommy Tipton
Nov 3, 2023

View All Reviews