Tips and Tricks on Maintaining Custom Windows
Sep 18, 2017
Just like any appliance or feature in your house, other parts need regular maintenance too - and that includes your custom windows. Proper maintenance is a vital part of keeping your windows in good working condition and helping them last longer. It doesn’t even have to be weekly maintenance work, annual maintenance should be enough to keep your beautiful windows functioning properly. Here are some simple tips and tricks that can work wonders when it comes to extending your windows’ lifespan:
Make sure to check the caulking and weatherstripping.
Window caulking is there to provide a protective barrier in the space between the windows and the exterior brick walls or siding. On the other hand, weatherstripping is an airtight material that is used to insulate the space between the window panes and window sash.
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Both of these are made from durable materials. However, just like any other materials in your house, they are bound to deteriorate over time. And when they do, it can lead to humidity and leaking and excess moisture getting into your home.
Hence, it is important that you not neglect inspecting these parts to see if any of them needs replacing or repair.
Keep an eye on the moving components.
If your custom windows have moving parts, you have to pay attention to them. Just like weatherstripping and caulking, these materials are made with durability in mind but if neglected, they will deteriorate and will cause problems to your window’s contraption. The good news is that it’s not hard to do regular maintenance - simple lubrication will do the trick.
As a rule of thumb, you need to lubricate all the contact points in the windows. Make sure to do this during the spring and once again in the autumn. You should also keep in mind that dust, dirt, and even sand can accumulate on these parts over time. They must be cleaned regularly to ensure that the opening and closing of your windows will go smoothly.
If your windows are located on the ground level and are frequently exposed to high winds, lubrication and cleaning should be a frequent task. Remember to always use silicone lubricant as petroleum-based lubricants can be harmful to your window’s parts. You should also not disassemble any hardware in your windows or even try to loosen screws. This can cause manufacturer’s warranty to be voided.
Check care tip manuals from your manufacturers.
What you have to understand before you start cleaning or doing maintenance works for your custom windows at home is that each kind of window requires a different way to care for them. Most manufacturers will include care manuals for your windows upon delivery and installation, or you can do your own research and check care tips and manuals online - just make sure to know what materials your windows are made from.
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Not all windows are created the same and should be treated differently when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. For example, wood windows should be cleaned differently from those windows made from fiberglass, aluminum or vinyl.
Wood Windows - For custom windows made from wood (usually they are made from pine), these should be painted or stained to seal out moisture. The paint/stain help preserve the wood’s beauty as well as help extend its life. If you see wood chipping during maintenance, you need to re-apply paint or stain. For cleaning, it is advisable to use warm soap and water. Never use abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals.
Vinyl, Aluminum, Fiberglass - Because of their materials, these types of windows require less maintenance than those made from woods. However it still is important not to neglect them as they also need regular lubrication. When cleaning, make sure to use non-abrasive cleaner so as not to scratch the window’s surfaces. Mild soap and warm water should be enough to make them look beautiful. Any form of solvent will cause the windows to lose their luster and shine.
Simple tricks to clean your windows’ exterior and interior surfaces.
When dirt and debris accumulate on the surfaces of your windows, they can breakdown the surface and decrease their lifespan. That is why it is important to allocate some time to clean your windows, especially during the spring. Here are some quick tips to make sure that your windows are properly cleaned and maintained:
Soap and cleaning agents - a simple mixed solution of soap and water is usually the recommended cleaning agent for most windows. You can also use a window cleaner but make sure that they don’t contain any harsh chemicals that could break down the surface of the window surface. You should also use non-abrasive cleaning cloths to avoid scratching the surface of your windows.
Clean from top to bottom - When cleaning your windows, you should start at the top of each window and work your way down. This way, even if you get dirt on the lower parts of the window, you don’t have to worry since you are yet to clean them.
Remove the cleaner - It is important to remove all cleaning agents from the surface so as not to leave any streaking and glare. You can use a squeegee or any soft, non-abrasive cloth.
Dry the surfaces - Once done, you should make sure to dry off any moisture off the surfaces especially on woods. This will ensure that your windows will not rot and accumulate mildew.
We hope that we were able to give you a few insights on how to care for your windows. Meanwhile, if you need help in repairing or replacing your custom windows, Hugo Carter is here to help. We can create custom windows according to your budget and what period your building or house is. Contact us for any enquiry!