Your Questions Answered– Caring for New Windows

We take pride in the windows we make and fit, and we want you to enjoy them and the trouble complimentary use they will attend to several years to come. With that in mind, we have actually assembled some top ideas for simple maintenance to guarantee you get the best out of your brand-new windows.

We have simplified into 4 key locations: Cleaning, lubrication, drain and weather seals.

Cleaning – UPVC Frame
Avoid all solvent based or abrasive cleaners

  • Wash frames with a soap and water option every 4 months to eliminate any grime and climatic deposits.
  • If needed, tidy with a non-abrasive exclusive cleaner to eliminate any persistent blemishes.
  • Take care not to disrupt sealants.

Conservatory & Porch Roof
Avoid all solvent based or abrasive cleaners

  • Polycarbonate roof panels fitted to these structures need to be cleaned up in a similar way to UPVC frames.
    Clear seamless gutters of leaves and particles as needed avoiding overflow of rain water and making sure unblocked drain.
    Wash roof panels with soap and water service every 4 months to remove grime and atmospheric deposits.
    Do not use any solvent or silicone based cleaners on solar control or self-cleaning glass roofings.
    It is essential to clear out all boxed seamless gutters on a regular basis, specifically in the autumn time when there is heavy leaf fall.
    Do not walk on conservatory roofings without suitable supports or scaffolding.
  • Glass
  • Float glass, used in the majority of double glazed units, is easily scratched and it is therefore advised that hand jewellery is gotten rid of prior to cleaning.
  • Any proprietary household cleaner may be used with a soft cloth and it is suggested that heavy external grime be at first removed with a solution of soap and water.
  • Laminated glass, or glass including Georgian Bars is cleaned in precisely the same way.

It is vital that glass surfaces are cleaned up on a regular basis to stop water staining. Water bring atmospheric contamination will leave permanent marks on the glass surface areas if left un-cleaned for long periods.

  • Leaded Glass
  • Take care when cleaning up leaded lights as excessive pressure might remove the lead from the glass surface area.
  • Using warm soapy water and a soft cloth, reasonably applied will show an adequate cleansing method.
  • Note: External lead will oxidise, this is a natural phenomenon and can not be prevented.

For lubrication of hardware etc. use light maker oil (e.g. 3-in-1/ Spray grease/Silicone spray) lube for moving parts and petroleum jelly.

Locking Mechanism
With the door open, lubricate the dead bolts, hook bolts, rollers and latch lock with light device oil.
Tidy and lightly oil hinge pins. If hinges are external (open-out door) oil every 6 months.
Tidy and lightly oil external moving parts.
Lock Cylinder
Only lubricate (great oil) if key entry is challenging.
Letter Box
Wipe over with a damp cloth and lube on the pivot points where necessary.

Your double glazed items are developed with an in-built drainage system, comprising slots within the thresholds that allow any water ingress to flow to the exterior. To guarantee an efficient system these slots must stay unblocked.
Occasionally, remove dirt, clear drain holes and check drain operation by flushing through with water.

Weather Seals
During cleansing and general maintenance guarantee that the weather seals fitted to your items do not end up being removed from their grooves. Should this occur, slide back into position right away to avoid damage when the product is closed.
If the weather seals are broken or damaged and draughts are probed the item, ensure prompt replacement by calling us as soon as possible.

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