Current double glazing is frequently touted as ‘maintenance free,’ and in the vast proportion of cases, we definitely stand by that assertion. There’s a major distinction between uPVC frames and old-fashioned wood windows that needed to be painted and inspected for decay on a regular basis.
There’s a basic checklist you can go over if you really want your glazing to last a generation. Maintenance takes only a few minutes, but it can assist you discover problems early and save money on repairs so over lifetime of your windows.
Washing Your Frames and Windows
First and foremost, let’s get the most apparent one out of the way. Cleaning windows is necessary, and uPVC windows are no exception. Setting up a normal window washing appointment and having your doors and windows washed once a month is the best option.
Window washing keeps the parts operating easily and prevents debris from accumulating on the frames and glass. The longer you wait between cleanings, the more likely dirt will attach to the glass like concrete, potentially damaging them when you attempt to eliminate it.
If your windows are self-cleaning, only use detergents recommended by the manufacturer. Find out more about double glazed windows here.
Checking the Hinges and Locks
Our window locks are built to endure as long as the windows itself. It’s a good idea to open and unlock each panel every now and then to make sure the lock is in good working order.
Keys must always be kept near the windows so that they can be opened in the event of a fire, and the window should operate smoothly without juddering or sticking.
Beware of Condensation and Damp
In the winter, a tiny bit of moisture on your windows is to be expected. It’s the effect of warm air colliding with cold air. However, if you notice a lot of moisture dripping down the panes, this could indicate a problem with your double or triple glazing.
Keep an eye out for any symptoms of dampness surrounding the window, such as mould on the woodwork or the walls. While this mould isn’t harmful to most individuals, it can trigger reactions in those who are allergic to spores.
To keep dampness at bay, clean your windows every day and think about running a dehumidifier. Open a window somewhat to circulate the room, when possible (and safe), or install trickling vents.
Vacuum Rails and Tracks
If you have a moving window, make sure the runners and tracks are clean of grit. Using the nozzle from your vacuum cleaner and running it around the window while it’s opened is the easiest method to achieve this.
If you have folding doors, this is also a must-do procedure since any particles in the tracks can allow the windows to stick, twist, or fall off their rollers completely.
Beware doors that stick
A stuck door is an indication of a significant issue. We sometimes come across old wooden doors that the owners are unable to move. As wood ages, it begins to retain water, which can cause the doorway to swell in the frame.
Sticking doors are inconvenient and can be rather noisy. Forcing a jammed door open might be risky, and a door that just doesn’t fit properly may not lock. Replace your door with a low-cost uPVC door or upgrading to a composite door for better insulating features.