When it comes to maintaining double glazing, most companies advertise their products as ‘maintenance-free’. Although this is true in the majority of cases, you will still need to keep an eye on a few factors.
Everything will last longer and remain in good condition if it is well looked after. Windows and frames are no exception.
Here is a checklist of how you can spot any potential problems, therefore reducing the risk of future repairs and unnecessary cost.
Keep your windows and frames clean
It may seem an obvious one, but keeping up with regular cleaning of your double glazing is essential. uPVC is simple to keep clean when done regularly. If you hire a professional window cleaner once a month, they will keep your windows and frames free from any build-up of dirt and marks.
The longer windows are left dirty, the more difficult they become to clean. Self-cleaning glass still needs to be wiped over, but you will have to ensure you only use cleaning products that have been approved by the manufacturer.
Don’t forget the handles!
Regularly check your locks and hinges
Locks and hinges need to be working properly to keep your home safe and secure. It is advisable to unlock and open your windows as often as possible to check they are fully functional and not sticking.
It is tempting to reach for the oil when your hinges start to squeak, but you should avoid doing so. Solvent-based oils contain chemicals that can be destructive to your windows. Try using a wax spray instead, preferably one that contains silicone.
Make sure you always keep your keys near the windows in the unfortunate event of a fire.
Clean tracks and rails
The easiest way to keep your tracks and rails clean is to vacuum them as often as possible. A build-up of dirt and dust can result in the windows not sliding properly. This also applies to bifold doors. By vacuuming them often, you will prevent the doors from sticking.
Damp and condensation
Damp and condensation are a common problem, one that left too long can cause long-term issues within your home. It is more typical and natural in the winter months, as the hot air hits the cold. If you start to notice large amounts of condensation, so bad it is running down the glass, this could be a sign that your double glazing isn’t working efficiently.
Look out for damp spots around the window. If you start to notice wet patches and a build-up of mould on the walls or frames, make sure you clean it as soon as possible.
Check doors that start to stick!
Wooden doors can be a problem when it comes to swelling. As timber ages, it begins to hold water, especially in bathrooms where water is being used frequently. The door starts to expand, making it difficult to open freely. Forcing doors to open will eventually split the wood and damage the framework and potentially the lock too.
By replacing these with uPVC doors, you will no longer have
to worry about them sticking.
If you have timber frames, they will need to be re-painted every few years to keep them looking good. Use appropriate paint and varnish as instructed by the manufacturer.
Some windows will be fitted with trickle ventilation units located at the top of the window frame. They are designed so that you have control over the ventilation in your home, minimising the risk of condensation. The units are simple to use by sliding the recess to left or right.
Although no regular maintenance is required, we recommend you give them a wipe over whenever you are cleaning your windows.
We hope this information has been helpful. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help.