Breathe new life into your windows and doors

Breathe new life into your windows and doors
April 12, 2016

If you’re looking for ways to make improvements to your home, why not revitalize, clean and maintain your windows and doors. Some easy maintenance of your windows and doors will help keep them in good working order and refresh the look of your home.

Clean windows and doors give the feel of a well looked after home. When cleaning your frames, clean your hinges and window stays too. And when cleaning your glass, be aware of rings or other jewellery that can scratch glass during cleaning. Never use solvent cleaners such as Jif, these can damage powdercoat surfaces. The damage caused will not be visible immediately and may take up to twelve months to develop.

Revive your windows and doors by restoring weathered and mild scratches on your aluminium frames. If you have a powdercoat finish on your frames, a cream polish like ‘Restore it’ is will make them look (almost) new again. If you have badly scratched surfaces, contact your window and door supplier as they can advise you best.

To extend the life of your windows and doors, remove debris from your sliding door tracks and inspect drain holes to make sure they are clear and drain properly. Instead of wedging doors open, which can cause split hinges and permanent damage, ask your window and door supplier how to adjust your doors to stop them slamming shut.

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To help keep your windows and doors working longer, check and replace any damaged components such as seals, gaskets, rubbers and rollers. Adjust (but don’t over-tighten) and lubricate your handles and latches, these may have loosened over time. Do not oil keyholes of locks because the oil or grease attracts dirt. This will cause the lock to eventually stick or stop working altogether.

Excessive condensation inside your home may in time cause permanent damage to the performance of your windows and doors. One way of reducing the moisture levels inside your home is to improve ventilation. By placing security stays on your awning or casement windows and leaving them slightly ajar during the day, your whole house can breathe and dry out.

And another tip, if you are doing renovation work, don’t forget to protect your windows and doors by covering them where possible. If you accidentally spill something on the frames or glass, act quickly to clean it off.

By staying on top of maintenance today, you’ll get many years of use out of your windows and doors, and keep your home in tip top condition.

For ideas, advice and further information, talk to an experienced Fairview manufacturer who can help. Visit fairviewwindows.co.nz


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