Aluminium Door and Window Maintenance Guide
Why are we discussing aluminium door and window maintenance? Surely these amazing products don’t require the same attention as their wooden or steel counterparts!
While it’s true that your beautiful new aluminium windows and doors don’t need the constant TLC that other products do, they still need some care and attention. Fortunately, staying on top of this maintenance schedule is a walk in the park.
Here’s what you need to know.
The amount of cleaning your aluminium frames require will depend very much on your location. For example, a home close to a busy road or to the beach would require more frequent cleaning.
This “chore”, however, is a simple one. Wipe down your frames with warm, soapy water and then dry them off with a soft cloth. Avoid the use of harsh abrasive cleaners, as these aren’t necessary and could damage or mark the product’s surface. Be sure to clean the gaskets, both inside and out.
Use a vacuum with a hose attachment to vacuum out the tracks and remove any dust, debris or cobwebs that may have accumulated in there. Alternatively, use a brush to clean off loose dust on the tracks.
A sliding glass-door’s tracks, rollers, wheels, and hinges need to be checked on a regular basis during routine maintenance. Each time the door or window opens or closes dirt and debris from the outside can get trapped inside these parts, leading to dirt build-up.
Check regularly for signs of damage, including loose fittings, or broken rollers. Check that the area around any moving parts of the door or window is clean and free from debris, and lubricate with a silicone spray. You should do this every 6 to 12 months.
Both the locks and hinges of your heavier doors would benefit from regular lubrication too. Don’t forget to clean off any excess silicone spray with a damp cloth before using it again.
Remember, aluminium sliding doors and windows should be easy to operate with one hand. If you have to use a degree of force, then there’s a good chance that it needs to be cleaned or something is broken or misaligned.
Bi-fold and Sliding Doors
Both bi-fold and sliding aluminium doors are heavier and more exposed, so they will require a little extra attention. It’s a good idea to check the tracks frequently, cleaning out dust, dirt, leaves or other debris that could interfere with the smooth operation of the door.
Misalignment and unstable movement can be caused by hard knocks, incorrect installation, or slamming and it is possible for rollers to fall out of alignment as a result of debris buildup. This can be fixed by adjusting the roller screws or by removing the door and repositioning it. If this is ‘a little above your pay grade’, then call in the professionals.
Weatherpiles are a great way to add an extra layer of weather protection while keeping your door and window frames free from dirt. They are easy to install or replace and can fit any sized frame.
Aluminium Doors and Windows Last for Years
If you’re opting for aluminium doors and windows, it’s important to proactively maintain them. While aluminum is naturally durable, without regular maintenance these beautiful features can degenerate quicker than they should.
So, be sure to clean them regularly and keep a close eye on the moving parts. Slams, bumps or general wear and tear can affect them and it’s a far better option to proactively maintain these components.
Remember too, to choose a product, and a company that you can trust to supply the best quality and service.
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