Bridesburg Window Replacement In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Last updated on 11/15/2019
Once your Bridesburg window replacement installation has been completed, it will be necessary for you to maintain your Pennsylvania windows properly in order to keep the warranty in good standing with the Philadelphia home windows manufacturer. It is sometimes difficult to know the correct way to clean the outside of a Bridesburg replacement window, and there are many ideas out there that might confuse you. However, by following these few simple steps, you can ensure that your Bridesburg window replacement investment will be worth the time and money you put into it.
First things First
The first thing to do before you begin washing your Bridesburg window replacement is to gather your supplies. Cleaning the outside of your PA windows can be a dirty job, and you won't want to go in and out of your Bridesburg house once you've begun. Additionally, this project requires you to move from one window to another, and it will be easier to do this if you have everything you need in some sort of cart or caddy.
What supplies should you have on hand for this? The number one item will be a stool or ladder. Unless you are 8 feet tall or have "Inspector Gadget" arms that extend indefinitely, you will want to have something to stand on when you need to reach high parts of your Bridesburg window replacement.
Next, you will need a bucket or a pan. This will be to hold your cleaning water, so it needs to be large enough to hold a good amount. In addition, you will need some soap, several dry cloths, and a sponge. The size of the sponge doesn't necessarily matter, but the bigger the sponge, the faster your Philadelphia replacement cleaning project will go.
Once you've gathered your materials, put some warm water in your bucket or pan and add a little bit of soap. Contrary to popular belief, harsh chemicals are not necessary in order to properly clean a window. A little dish soap will suffice, and you don't need very much, just about the size of a dime should do.
Wash Bridesburg Replacement Screens First
So you're outside your home in the Philadelphia area, you've got your soapy water, ladder or stool, sponge and dry towels, what now? The first thing to do is clean your screens. A lot of the dirt that accumulates on your Bridesburg window replacement comes from the Pennsylvania window screens.
As you know, screens act as a barrier between the elements and your Bridesburg window replacement. This means that they collect all the dust and particles that come their way. When it rains, this dust can be transferred from the screen to your PA window. Keeping the amount of rubbish on your screens down will help keep your Bridesburg window clean as well.
In order to clean them, the screens must be taken down from their position over the Bridesburg replacement. Do this carefully, so you do not damage them or their mountings. All that you really need to do is rinse them with a hose. If you feel that a little more is needed, you can also wipe them down with your soapy water and sponge. It is imperative however that you thoroughly rinse them after, or the soap will be corrosive to the screen material and your screens will break down quickly, especially in the heat.
Once your screens are clean, set them in a sunny area to dry. Try to avoid laying them on the ground, so they don't pick up any dirt. However, if you lean them upright you will want to minimize the tilt so that they do not warp. Spread them out- if they are on top of each other, they will take longer to dry. Do not replace the screens until they are fully dry.
Now to Wash the Bridesburg Replacement
Moving on to the Bridesburg window replacement itself, the first thing to do is dust. Take a dry rag or broom, and knock off all the excess dust and cobwebs that have gathered. Skipping this step will make a muddy mess on your Bridesburg window replacement when you start to clean, and cause you to use a lot more soapy water and dry cloths than really necessary for cleaning.
Once the replacement window is dusted, you will then want to clean the frames. Using your sponge and soapy water, be sure to wash any and all framing well. Next, take your sponge and, beginning at the top corner take it straight down the glass to the bottom. Go along after with a dry rag and wipe off any excess water and soap. Rinse the sponge and repeat. Once you have covered the entire surface, go over it once more with your dry chamois, and your Bridesburg window replacement is clean!
The Best U-Factor and SHGC for Energy Efficient Bridesburg Replacement Windows
When shopping for replacement windows in Bridesburg, an area in Philadelphia, it is extremely important to purchase windows (and doors) with the correct u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) as rated by Energy Star.
Energy Star determines the u-factor and SHGC that will give you the most energy efficienct replacement windows, skylights, and doors based on Bridesburg's climate zone.
The climate zone assigned to Bridesburg and the zip codes within it - including zip codes '' - takes into account how extreme the seasons are in Bridesburg . How warm and cold it gets in Philadelphia determines how well your new windows will need to keep out the cold air and the hot sun.
Below, you will find a table with the climate zones and corresponding u-factor and SHGC ratings for Bridesburg, your neighbohood within the city of Philadelphia
The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your zip code and town in the Philadelphia, area will help you to determine which replacement windows, skylights, and doors will maximize energy savings for your home.
To find the Energy Star recommended u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) for your home in the , area, simply do the following:
- Find your neighborhood and zip code in the left most column.
- Find your climate zone in the orange box to the right of the column with your neighborhood's name and zip code.
- Under the orange box with your climate zone, find the dark grey box with the product you are looking for - window replacements, new doors, or skylights.
- Under the product type, you will find the best u-factor and shgc as determined by Energy Star.
- When getting quotes from contractors, be sure that your window replacements, new skylights, and/or replacement doors have these ratings to maximize energy efficiency in your home.