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Recommended Maintenance

Summary

An annual home checkup can prolong the life of your Pella windows and doors.

Details

Pella recommends you inspect your windows and patio doors at least annually as part of a home checkup. Recommended maintenance can prolong the life of your Pella windows and doors and will help ensure maximum warranty coverage. As needed, clean, repaint or restain your windows and patio doors, and recaulk around them to help maintain optimal performance. Also, be sure to regularly check for leaks and improper drainage above or around vents and sprinkler systems that may subject your windows and patio doors to prolonged water exposure. With recommended care, Pella windows and patio doors can reward you with decades of beauty and performance.

EXTERIOR

An annual checkup can help preserve and maintain the beauty of your Pella products for years to come.

Inspect the sealant/caulking on the exterior perimeter of your windows and patio doors at least once a year. The sealant/caulking helps create a watertight seal between the window frame and the exterior siding (whether it is vinyl, cedar, aluminum, brick, etc.). It is extremely important that the sealant/caulking remains intact and in good condition at all times. Pay particular attention to the caulking at the lower corners of windows and under joints between windows in combinations (a grouping of individual windows). The sealant material should not be cracked, broken or missing — or it may cause premature failure of your Pella products or other parts of your home. Deterioration that occurs as a result of improper or insufficient maintenance is not covered by the Pella warranty.

At the same time, check the exterior paint for corrosion, peeling and/or cracking. If the exterior surface indicates any deterioration, problem areas must be touched up as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

INTERIOR FINISH

At least once a year, inspect the interior finish of your windows and/or patio doors to make certain that the painted or stained finish is in good condition. UV rays from the sun can break down the paint's/stain's finish and compromise its protective features. Should it be necessary to refresh your finish, contact your local finishing professional for tips on how to refinish your windows and patio doors.

CASEMENT WINDOWS

To keep the window operating smoothly, clean the window track occasionally with a dry brush. To help prevent the sash from sticking, apply a thin layer of paraffin or other dry lubricant (Teflon® Dry Lubricant or Gulf Wax®, available at most home improvement stores, works well) to the track if necessary. Do not use oily lubricants; they attract dust and grime, which may eventually restrict the window’s movement. You can remove the operating crank on your window by loosening the set screw located on the bottom of the crank. It’s important to keep the set screw tight; using a crank handle with a loose set screw causes the crank and operator stud to wear.

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AWNING WINDOWS

Keep the window track free of dirt and debris. As with casement windows, you may want to apply paraffin or other dry lubricant (Teflon® Dry Lubricant or Gulf Wax®, available at most home improvement stores, works well) to the weatherstripping for smoother operation. Do not use oily lubricants; they attract dust and grime, which will eventually restrict the window's movement.



DOUBLE-HUNG WINDOWS

Keep the jambliner on the sides of the window frame clean and lubricated with a thin coat of paraffin or other dry lubricant (Teflon® Dry Lubricant or Gulf Wax®, available at most home improvement stores, works well) to keep them working smoothly. Do not use oily lubricants; they attract dust and grime, which will eventually restrict the window's movement. Paraffin or other dry lubricant should also be applied to the sash.

BETWEEN-THE-GLASS FABRIC SHADES

To maintain the shade's crisp, pressed appearance on your Designer Series® product, raise the shade completely and leave it raised for a couple of hours at least once a week.

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SLIDING PATIO DOORS

For proper operation, keep the door track free of debris. You can adjust the rollers located in the bottom of the door if necessary. The lock strike can also be adjusted if needed.





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SLIDING PATIO DOOR SCREENS

Pella screen doors are top-hung — it is important to keep the upper and lower door track free of dirt and debris. The rollers on the top of the screen can be adjusted if necessary. If the screen becomes dirty, you can clean it using a vacuum cleaner with the upholstery brush attachment.







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This article applies to:

Product Styles

  • Awning
  • Casement
  • Double-Hung
  • Sliding Patio Doors

Materials

  • Aluminum-Clad Wood

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