6 window maintenance tips to solve common issues
May 23, 2018
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.