How to maintain your Steel Windows & Doors

You may not automatically think of windows needing maintenance, but you’d be wrong. Many steel windows can last the lifetime of the house itself as long as they are looked after properly. It’s often a simple process of just keeping your windows clean and rust-free, so that they remain in top condition. It doesn’t take long and isn’t back-breaking work luckily, even just 10 minutes every now and then can mean that your windows won’t need replacing, meaning your hard-earned cash stays in your pocket. 


These are tricky things to keep under control in our environment. Our weather has a habit of being very wet and cold when our homes are warm and dry. This creates an area of condensation on the windows. A good way to keep this under control is using a dehumidifier to keep the damp under control. If condensation does appear, make sure you wipe it away with a cloth to prevent any build-up. Over time, condensation can lead to mould. The best way to deal with this is to remove any visible mould and clean the area well, making sure to clean away condensation in future as a preventative measure. 


For metal windows and doors, rust is a common problem. The best way to monitor this is to regularly check your windows both inside and out to find any places where corrosion or rust has occurred. To prevent this from happening, steel windows can undergo galvanisation. This is the method of covering the steel in a thin layer of zinc. This method slows the rusting process dramatically, it is usually done before the windows are made through electrolysis or spray flaming. However, you can buy products that are spray-on; these provide an added layer of protection. 


In life, your metal windows and doors aren’t generally your priority, but a few bits of maintenance now and then can add years to the lifetime of your windows. Make sure all areas of the windows are clean of dirt, dust, flies and paint etc. If your windows aren’t opening the way they should add a bit of WD-40 to ease it. A large part of windows use is to keep the weather on the outside. Check that the seals are working properly to keep your heating bills low. If your windows are put in with putty, check this yearly to see if any parts need to be replaced. 


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