Regular maintenance of mechanical components will reduce wear and tear and prolong the serviceable life of windows and doors. It is advisable to carry out routine maintenance twice a year, although this may need to be done more frequently in areas of high exposure.
We are fully equipped to deal with the repair and maintenance of windows and doors. In reality the doors and windows using man-made materials cannot be totally maintenance free and can suffer from wear and tear or damage just like any material or mechanism in a property. Naturally it is diligent to make good any deterioration or damage to windows or doors as soon as possible to ensure both safety and security are properly maintained.
As a general rule, all parts exposed when the window or door is closed, should be washed down with warm soapy water using a soft cloth, and dried thoroughly. Avoid ammonia and abrasive cleaning agents, particularly on handles and other metal filaments.
Parts exposed when the window or door is open should be simply wiped clean, removing grime from old lubricant, airborne debris and remains of insect life etc. Special attention should be paid to keep the drainage channels free and clear of blockages.
Moving parts and fixings should be treated as follows: A very light application of petroleum jelly or equivalent will keep the locking mechanisms and keeps in good working order, while a suitable acid and resin free grease or lubricant should be used on sliding bars, gears and face plates. Maintenance of friction stays is critical and it is important to follow instructions for lubrication and adjustment.
UPVC is a commonly used building material for many modern homes but there are few people who actually know what UPVC is and why it’s chosen. UPVC is the abbreviated term for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride. Polyvinyl chloride is a lightweight and sturdy plastic that is normally made into a flexible material by combining it with other plasticisers. UPVC however is the original unaltered version of polyvinyl chloride. It remains strong and rigid, making it a perfect choice for construction purposes.
UPVC is often used for windows, doors and guttering; external components that are generally exposed to the elements. While UPVC is a sturdy material that will withstand wind and rain, like all plastics it can suffer in the cold & heat. UPVC can expand in heat and could contract in the cold however it shouldn’t cause many issues with standard weather conditions. These problems can be more predominant in darker coloured UPVC frames.
In extreme heat, you may have noticed your windows or doors becoming stiff or not opening or closing properly. This could be because the uPVC has swollen. At 40ºC your uPVC can expand by up to 2.4cm, which is quite a lot. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot you can do but wait for the plastic to cool. You could give it a helping hand by pouring cold water on to the frame but if it’s a particularly hot day this won’t make much difference.