Windows in Greater Manchester, Cheshire & beyond
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Now that your new windows, doors or glazed extension is installed, it’s only human nature to want it to look its very best for as long as possible. Whether you’ve chosen a uPVC or aluminium home improvement, there are certain things you can do to get the most out of your newest investment.
So, this blog will cover specific care and maintenance tips relevant to our wide range of quality home improvement products.
uPVC window frames are incredibly low-maintenance, but they still require a quick clean once every three months to remove any dust or grime build-up. To do this, simply wipe the frames over with a soft soapy cloth – never using solvent-based or abrasive cleaners. To get rid of stubborn stains, Solusafe (or an alternative non-abrasive cleaner) can be used sparingly, being very careful not to disturb or damage the window sealant.
PLEASE NOTE: Silicone seal discolouration is a natural occurrence which cannot be avoided, so this is to be expected over time.
With open-out windows, to retain optimum safety and security in your home, never leave accessible windows in the night vent position when no-one is in.
Avoid damaging your newly installed tilt-turn windows by making sure that the window is fully shut before changing the position of the handle. Do so by firmly pushing the opening leaf into the window frame before changing the handle position.
Generally, aluminium windows and doors that feature organic paint coatings (acrylic and polyester) require a quick wipe down every 6 months to retain a sleek modern appearance. Whereas in areas affected by saltwater, industrial chemical plants or other aggressive emission sources, cleaning should be carried out at least every 3 months to avoid corrosion issues. You should:
Aluminium windows and doors that are in constant use, e.g. schools, hospitals and public buildings, should be maintained every 3 months and panic doors should be addressed on a monthly basis.
Composite doors are incredibly low maintenance, simply needing a quick wipe over with a lint-free cloth and warm soapy water and dried with a soft clean cloth. Composite doors installed in coastal areas or properties near busy main roads may require closer attention to keep them looking their very best.
Metal polish should be avoided. Use a quality wax furniture polish instead, applying the polish to the cloth; not the product.
It’s important to maintain the bottom track/rail by checking for any dirt or obstructions once a month and wiping them over once a year. Yearly attention should also be paid to gaskets, by applying domestic talc or liquid silicone between the moving and fixed parts to avoid cracks and deposits.
It’s always best to clean your windows on a cloudy day, as the sun tends to dry the glass too quickly which can cause unsightly streaks and smears. Sparkling views, including laminated glass and Georgian bars can be achieved by:
Avoid dislodging the lead from the glass surface, by taking a delicate approach when cleaning leaded glass windows.
Self-cleaning glass is particularly popular with glazed extensions located in hard to reach areas. However, SMARTGLASS is not 100% maintenance free as pollution and location-specific atmospheric conditions mean that it will occasionally require light cleaning. Taking extra care not to scratch or damage the special ‘self-clean’ coating;
It’s also important to protect SMARTGLASS with a clean plastic sheet when future improvement works are carried out around it, which will protect it from damaging compounds or abrasive particles.
To keep windows from getting draughts you need to make sure to check them sometimes. Look for window locks that may have signs of corrosion, check window seals are not corroded or shrunk and make sure the window hinges do not have corrosion and are working properly. Checking these elements of your double glazed window now and again to catch anything before it becomes a draught issue.
To prevent double glazing from misting up keep the rooms in your home at a regular warm temperature. Keeping the temperature will stop surfaces inside from getting cold which reduces the chance of misting. When you are doing something that generates a lot of moisture like boiling something or showering, open a window close by to reduce the moisture in the air.
Misted double glazing can be repaired. Misted double glazing is often a sign that seals have broken. This means they will have to be replaced. This can be a tricky job and it is best to call in a specialist to do this for you. It is important to consider that it can often be more expensive to repair the misted double glazing than replacing the window.
Depending on the frame material you use a double glazed window can last for the lifetime of a building. If double glazing is not put through extreme weather regularly then this will reduce its lifespan. To maximise the life expectancy of double glazing make sure to maintain and check it regularly so you can spot anything that may become a problem in the future.
Keep your window and door locks in full working order by lubricating them every 6-12 months, using light machine oil for moving parts and petroleum jelly where indicated in the product-specific guidance.
Do not lubricate:
If you’ve chosen brasswork finishing touches, over time, general wear and tear may cause the brasswork lacquer to peel or tarnish. This can be refurbished by:
Products that have hand-inserted weatherseals should be treated with extra care. If weatherseals do become dislodged from their grooves whilst cleaning, immediately slide them back into position as carefully as possible. If you’re in any doubt, please don’t hesitate to contact the Droylsden aftercare team who will be happy to help.
Be sure to keep in-built drainage systems free from blockage, by periodically clearing the drainage slots and flushing through with water to check they’re working correctly.
Please avoid any excessive loads on your locking mechanisms to retain an efficient mechanism for as long as possible. It’s also crucial to operate handles in the direction indicated in the product manual or by your installer, to prevent damage to the operating mechanism.
Prevent damage to your new door frames and locks by avoiding the use of drills, forcing keys into locks and closing doors when bolts are pre-locked.
If you’re experiencing any irregularities in the operation of your new windows, doors or glazed extension or have specific product care and maintenance concerns, don’t hesitate to contact a Droylsden Glass expert today.
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