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When it comes to the view outside your house you don’t want anything to get in the way, especially dirty windows. There are many reasons why windows end up dirty over time; fingerprints, airborne dust, and even pollen can sully windows. Here’s how to achieve a streak-free clean.


If you’ve ever heard the adage about never cleaning your windows when the sun is shining, it’s not just an old wives’ tale. The reason actually makes sense. When you try to clean in the sun, the window cleaner can dry on the glass faster than you have time to rub it on the windows. This results in those telltale steaks that mar the window. Instead, do all your window cleaning before the sun shines on the window or after it’s gone down in the sky.


Paper towels aren’t the best material to use on your windows. They absorb too much of the window cleaner, and they can leave behind tiny bits of paper. Paper towels also make for a streaky window. Instead, invest in a set of lint-free cloths that you only use on your windows. These will make it fairly easy to achieve a streak-free window every time you clean. When you launder lint-free cloths, don’t use fabric softener. Fabric softener inhibits the effectiveness of the cloth. Finally, store your lint-free cloths separate from other clothes so they don’t pick up lint from another source.


One big secret that hotel maids use is a squeegee. Squeegees leave a streak-free window and mirror. Simply spray the window cleaner on the window. Using smooth strokes, move the squeegee down the surface of the glass all the way to the edge. Repeat all the way across the glass. Use your lint-free cloth to buff away any leftover droplets.


Another maid secret is to polish windows with furniture polish. Any brand will work. This removes any streaks that may be “hiding.” Use a clean lint-free cloth and buff in a circular motion. Now your windows are spot-free and streak-free!

Improve your Home’s Performance with Energy Efficient Windows and Patio Doors

Replacement windows and patio doors have many benefits for homeowners – the reduction of energy use associated with heating and cooling the home is only one of these benefits. Vinylmax Windows are certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council, which takes the guesswork out of comparing windows by providing industry standards for the most common measures of window performance.

Window Performance on the NFRC Label


U-Factor measures the products effectiveness preventing heat from escaping. The rate of heat loss is indicated in terms of the U-Factor (or U-Value) of a window unit. The lower the U-Value, the greater the windows resistance to heat flow, and the better its insulating value.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

Solar radiation, whether directly transmitted or absored and re-radiated, can make a room hot. The lower a windows SGHC, the less solar heat it transmits.

Visible Light Transmittance (VLT)

Windows allow light to come inside, but not every window allows the same amount of light through. VLT equates to the amount of light allowed in through a window – the higher the percentage, the more light.

Air Leakage (AL)

Air leakage is indicated by a rating expressed as the equivalent cubic feet of air passing through a square foot of window area (cfm/sq ft). Heat loss and gain can occur by infiltration through cracks in the window assembly. The lower the AL, the less air will pass through cracks.

Condensation Resistance

CR measures the products ability to resist the formation of condensation on the interior surface. While this rating cannot predict condensation, it can provide a credible method of comparing the potential of various products for condensation formation. CR is expressed as a number between 0 and 100, with a high rating indicating high performance.

UV Block

Invisible, yet harmful, ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can cause paint, furniture stains, carpet, and window treatments to fade. The higher the percent, the more harmful UV rays are blocked.

Climate Considerations

When it comes to managing your home’s energy performance, there isn’t a single solution for every climate or even for every room. That’s why Vinylmax offers many different IntelliGlass packages. ENERGY STAR helps guide selections by identifying ideal performance characteristics for all the climate zones in the USA. There are IntelliGlass packages that are perfect for each zone.

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Planning a Window Replacement Project for Your Home?

Planning Your Replacement Window

If you’ve decided that it’s time to replace the windows on your home, you’ve probably got a lot of questions. You may be wondering about all the different types of replacement windows out there—which material is the most durable, which style will offer the most benefits, and perhaps most importantly, who will be installing your new windows. Thankfully, planning your window replacement project is easy when you have an experienced window contractor on your side.

When you partner with an Ecoshield window dealer, you can rest easy knowing you’re in good hands. Not only will you have access to some of the highest-performing replacement windows on the market, but you can be confident that your new windows will be installed flawlessly and in accordance with Ecoshields lofty workmanship standards. During your free consultation, your Ecoshield dealer will sit down with you and go over all of the options that are available to you, such as:

  • Window style – choose from double-hungcasement, sliding, bay, bow, and more so that your windows look and function just how you want them to.
  • Decorative options – select different finishes for the interior and exterior of your windows so that they beautifully complement your home’s aesthetic.
  • Low-E glass packages – Ecoshield windows come with high-performance glazing systems that can be tailored to your region’s climate to ensure that your new windows provide you with the best energy efficiency.

Perhaps best of all, Ecoshield Windows come backed by solid lifetime warranties that cover the entire window, down to the smallest part. So, when you partner with a Ecoshield dealer for your upcoming window project, you can have total peace of mind that your investment is covered. Ready to get started?