Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Taking Care of Your Windows and Doors - Preventative Maintenance

Asgard Windows supply and fit your windows and doors to a very high quality as standard, and with that typically are relatively maintenance free. However, there is still a number of things that can be done over time that will help you get the best results and longer lasting windows and doors. Asgard Windows has a simple guide on aftercare of your new windows and doors giving you the benefit of a longer lasting life.

Start with the Frames

Cleaning your PVC or aluminium frames at least every 6 months or so, with warm soapy water. If you are exposed to sea salt spray then this should be increased to about every 3 months. Never use abrasive cleaners or liquids, as they can damage the frame itself. The same applies for windows on the outside, where special care must be taken not to damage the mastic seal or waterproof seal around the frame of the window.

Patio Doors

All tracks must be wiped clean, freeing up and debris and grime for its smooth running on the rail. Any drainage channels must be clear of any blockage.

Moving Parts

All mechanical or moving parts of a window or door need to be lubricated with a WD40 Spray to keep parts running well. Parts include handles, hinges, locks, letter plate springs, striking plates and tandem wheels on patio doors. Asgard Windows provide a 10-year guarantee on such parts but with regular maintenance these will remain in great condition for many years.

Vents in Windows

Vents in windows will build up dirt on the stays  if they are left open for lengthy periods. This can hinder the vent’s opening and closing operation. Never use force to try free it, always use a lubricant to free it up and take away the grease or grime build up.

Sliding Panels on Windows

All tracks within sliding panels must be cleaned with a soft cloth and soapy water.

Condensation

Condensation is not caused by double glazing but actually reduces it. Condensation naturally reduces by ventilation, but typically modern buildings have draught proofing, cavity wall insulation and other means of being sealed and air-tight, thus increasing the chance of your house building up moisture. Controlling the temperature through heating and ventilation is the most effective way of reducing or eliminating condensation. Modern homes can suffer condensation when there is inadequate ventilation. For older houses, where there is sufficient ventilation, a change in temperature is likely to increase the chances of condensation occurring. An example of this is where the temperature in a room is increased considerably by a radiator situated under a window. To help reduce condensation here a gradual temperature increase is required.


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