6 window maintenance tips to solve common issues

May 23, 2018

Oak effect uPVC casement leaded window

Over time, the performance of a window will inevitably deteriorate somewhat. This can be caused by a number of factors, which cause a diverse range of issues. However, its important to identify and then rectify them. So to help you, we’ve created a list of 6 window maintenance tips to solve common issues.

1. Reseal failing window seals

A common issue with windows is their seals stop working effectively. Windows that seal poorly insulate poorly, leading to higher energy bills. You can attempt to rectify this by applying some weatherstripping around the perimeter of your window sash, the part of the window that holds the framework around the glass to keep it in place. Amazon sells weatherstripping tape, which you can use for re-sealing.

2. Touch up fading paintwork

Paintwork that has begun to fade or chip away is particularly common on older timber windows. Windows suffering from this give out a dejected look, however repainting them is one way that helps restore them to their former glory.

3. Wipe away dirt in the framing

Difficulty opening is a common issue, which is regularly caused by a build-up of grime in the frame. One window maintenance tip for resolving this is to open the window as far as possible so you can clean the sliding track. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, the sliding track may need replacing or the window sash may need removing for a closer inspection. However, either of these jobs is best left to professionals, like us at Jack of Glass.

4. Cleaning your windows

After time, dirt will eventually make its way onto the surface of your windows. However, it’s easily removable with the right cleaning products and a bit of elbow grease. Most cleaning can be done using a non-abrasive cloth and some mildly soapy water. Drying the glass with a microfibre cloth will allow you to achieve a streak-free finish too.

5. Clearing out rotten areas

If you happen to own timber windows, particularly older versions, parts of the framing could be suffering from rot. Small areas of rot can be cleared out with a screwdriver and then filled with putty or filler. Larger areas will require significantly more labour, so getting a professional opinion first is advisable. If too much has rotted away, a replacement is likely to be necessary. However, either uPVC or aluminium windows are ideal replacements – both do not succumb to rot!

6. Replace old locks and latches

Broken window locks and latches can present a serious issue, as your home’s security may be compromised. Provided you know which type of lock or latch is in need of replacing, it’s possible to replace it yourself. However, if you don’t know the type or don’t feel up to doing it, our expert team will happily give you a hand.

Interested in learning more about window maintenance? Get in touch with the team at Jack of Glass. You can call us on 01494 611 107 or send us an online message.


Areas we serve

Operating out of High Wycombe for 30 years, we know the local area like the back of our hand. We supply and install high quality glass and glazing to homes in Princes Risborough, Chesham, Amersham, Beaconsfield, Marlow and beyond.

If you have a particular way of improving your home in mind and reside anywhere in or around a 20 mile radius, feel free to get in touch with our reliable team. We’ll be in touch swiftly.

K. Piowman-sale

Jack of Glass have done a wonderful job in putting a coloured glass worktop to my dressing table and installing a mirror. Has totally transformed my room. Unbelievable. Take a look at their showroom some really good ideas with glass, fantastic colours.

A. Hunt

Outstanding quality of service, and great at catering to bespoke requests. They are fantastic value for money, and a lovely bunch of boys to boot 🙂

H. Ellams

Great service at Wycombe Museum last Friday. The guys went above and beyond with their glass delivery service. This is the 3rd or 4th time i’ve used them.Just to let you know I shared it on High Wycombe facebook page too.

M. Harber

Incredible transformation. Great service. Amazingly fast replacement of a very big window!! Everything cleared up and great value for money.

M. Shoaib

Purchased 2 green house windows, got the size wrong, went back to get it cut to a smaller size FREE of charge and stayed after closing time until I arrived.

N. Shanta

I highly recommend Jack of Glass! Matt, Chris and their team deliver an outstanding service. I am extremely happy with the job that they did in our flat. It really exceeded all of my expectations and the room looks absolutely beautiful with the floor to ceiling mirrors.

S. Nandha

Great team and with great quality to detail on the finish of my glass splashbacks, also the bi-fold door works a treat for our dream house

Mr. Barlow

I recently needed to replace around ten or so panes of glass in my greenhouse . Very good service very nice guys ,cut and wrapped the glass while i waited and even made an alteration to a pane that i had measured wrongly .Thank you for the help and i will use again.

A. Lovell

We have recently had our front door and windows replaced by Jack of Glass. They were great. The communication was amazing, we knew every step of the way what was happening and they left place spotless. Our new door and windows have completely changed the house. Very happy and would recommend to anyone.

Josh Webb

Jack of glass have recently replaced all my windows efficiently and to a high standard. The price was also very reasonable. The customer service was outstanding along with the services they provide. Highly recommended.

Mr Bennett

I had to replace a small double glazed panel in a window. I though it would be difficult to get anybody interested as it was such a small job. However, Jack of Glass did the work. They visited the house to take the measurements, ordered the replacement glass and fitted it all very efficiently and at a reasonable cost. I will use them again.