Guidance on Maintaining Newly Installed Doubled-Glazed Windows

If you have just had double-glazed doors or windows fitted, then you should find that they provide many years or even decades of trouble-free use. However, like anything fitted to commercial buildings and residences, you should take the proper measures to look after them. This is vital for ensuring their longevity and thermal insulation performance. The good news is that well-made double-glazed windows won't take up too much of your time in terms of ongoing maintenance. Read on to learn more about the best ways to look after them.

Glazing Cleaning

To begin with, a regular cleaning routine is paramount if you want your windows to look good. Cleaning your double-glazed windows from the inside once every six months or so to prevent the accumulation of dirt and grime. On the outside pane, airborne particles could settle on the glass, potentially causing damage if they're not wiped away. Therefore, external glass cleaning should be conducted once every couple of months or more frequently if you live near a busy road, for example. Steer clear of abrasive cleaners. Instead, opt for simple soap and water. A soft cloth or sponge is best for the task, but a soft-bristled brush can be also used in hard-to-reach locations. Take care not to damage the seals around the glass when cleaning.

Frame Cleaning

As well as the glass itself, you should also ensure the frames of double-glazed windows are also cleaned. If the frames are made of uPVC, one of the most common materials for double-glazed windows, then a gentle wipe-down with a soft cloth and soapy water will be ideal. For aluminium frames, use a mild, non-alkaline detergent solution with a non-abrasive cloth. Timber frames can be treated similarly, but note that these may require a touch-up with paint after a few years to keep them waterproof.

Hardware Inspections

Pay close attention to the moving parts of your windows and double-glazed doors. Once a year, take a close look at your hinges, locks and handles to detect any signs of wear and tear. Lubricate these parts every 18 months or so. A silicone-based lubricant is sufficient to make sure they continue operating smoothly. If you detect rust or corrosion, then it may be time to have your window hardware replaced before the problem spreads to the frame.

Seal and Gasket Checks

As double-glazed window age, the rubber seals that hold the glass panes in place can degrade. In turn, this will lessen their effectiveness in preventing drafts and providing insulation. If you notice hardening, cracking or condensation building up between the panes, then ask a window specialist to price up how much it will cost to replace the seals.

Contact a local company to learn more about double-glazed windows.