How Do I Protect My uPVC Windows?
uPVC windows have become a popular choice for many homeowners due to their durability, energy efficiency and low maintenance requirements. However, to ensure that your windows maintain their functionality and appearance, it is important to adopt certain protective measures. This article details several tips for safeguarding your uPVC windows against common issues such as weather damage, wear and operational problems.
By following these points you can protect your windows and ensure their longevity and efficiency, especially during the winter months. Regular maintenance not only keeps your windows looking new but also ensures they provide security and insulation for your home. Prevention is better than a cure so taking care of your uPVC windows is a worthwhile investment that improves the comfort and value of your home.
Cleaning Your uPVC Windows
The first step in maintaining the appearance of your uPVC windows is regular cleaning. Dirt and grime can accumulate on the frame and glass, leading to a dull appearance that may impact the windows functionality. Cleaning uPVC window frames is a simple task that involves using a soft cloth and a mild soapy solution. We recommend that you avoid abrasive cleaners or scouring pads as they can scratch the surface of the frame. However, tougher stains may require specialised uPVC cleaning products that help remove the dirt without affecting the underlying material.
Cleaning the glass is easily accomplished using a glass cleaner and lint-free cloth. Ensure that you also clean the seals and tracks to prevent them from getting clogged with dirt.
Checking Your Window Seals and Gaskets
The seals and gaskets on uPVC windows help prevent draughts and water ingress. Over time these gaskets can become worn or damaged resulting in an opportunity for water to enter your home. Your must regularly inspect the seals and replace them if they show signs of deterioration. This not only enhances the window's insulation properties but enables you to create a warm day-to-day living environment.
Lubricate Moving Parts
To ensure the smooth operation of your windows, it is important to lubricate the moving parts such as the hinges, locks and handles. We recommend that you use silicone-based lubricants, as oil-based products can attract dirt that may affect its operation.
Lubrication should be completed at least twice a year but can be done more frequently if the windows are in constant use.
Avoid Excessive Force When Opening Your Windows
Make sure that you use gentle movements that do not shock any of the moving parts when opening and closing uPVC windows. Excessive force can damage the mechanisms and lead to misalignment of the window or hinge. If a window becomes difficult to open or close, inspect it for any obstructions or misalignments before applying more force.
Protect Your Window From Extreme Temperatures
uPVC is susceptible to expansion and contraction in extreme temperatures. In very hot climates, it is advisable to use window coverings to minimise direct sunlight exposure and reduce the risk of warping. In cold climates, ensure that your window seals are properly sealed to prevent freezing and cracking.
However, as the weather within the UK is relatively stable, it is probably not necessary to cover or protect your windows and frames against extreme temperatures.
Address Condensation Issues on Your Windows
Condensation can be a common issue with uPVC windows, particularly in high-humidity environments or homes that are not properly ventilated. To prevent mold growth and moisture damage, ensure that your home is well-ventilated with adequate airflow that allows moist air to escape. Using a dehumidifier will help speed this process by taking moisture out of the air.
Regularly wiping your windows to remove any condensation also helps minimise dampness around the window frame decreasing the chance of mold growth.
Check for Drainage in the Window Channel
Most uPVC windows come with built-in drainage systems to channel away moisture. Ensure that these drainage holes are not blocked by regularly inspecting and cleaning them to prevent water from accumulating.
Inspect for Damage
Regular inspections of the physical window frame can help identify potential problems before they further damage your property. Once a year, check for cracks, discoloration or warping in the frames that may hint towards structural issues.
Although these issues should be fixed by a professional glazing company, it is essential that any warping of your window frames is addressed promptly.
Professional Window Maintenance and Repairs
For any issues that you are unable to resolve, consider seeking professional help. Regular professional maintenance can help extend the life of your uPVC windows, negating the need for costly replacements. If repairs are needed, professionals have the necessary tools and expertise to fix issues without causing further damage.
Seals Direct are a leading supplier of window seals for uPVC, wooden and Aluminium window frames. Our helpful team can be contacted via phone on 01425 617722 or email at email@example.com to discuss replacement glazing gaskets for your windows and doors. However you decide to get in touch, we look forward to hearing from you and supplying your new gaskets.