How to Take Proper Care of Your Glass Windows and Doors
Windows and glass doors let natural light into your home or business while keeping harsh weather elements out. Improper maintenance of the glass and frames can deteriorate their lifespan from decades to years or even less.
Do you know how to properly clean your glass doors and windows, especially in Scarborough with our unforgiving weather? Or how to check for damages and signs that minor repairs are required? Do the following and you may be able to avoid window replacement in your home or business for many years to come.
1. Regularly clean windows and glass doors
In Scarborough, thanks to our extreme weather conditions, windows can take a beating. Keeping them clean not only preserves the way they look, but also keeps them functioning properly. A thorough washing a minimum of twice a year is recommended for residential homes, and once or twice a month for businesses. If you opt to not hire a professional window cleaner and instead take a DIY approach, we recommend the following:
- Do use a gentle cleaner like dish soap or a solution of vinegar and water.
- Don’t use petroleum based cleaning products. They can streak the glass and weaken the seal between glass and frame.
- Do use micro-fibre cloths or paper products to dry glass for a streak-free appearance.
- Don’t use razor blades, steel wool, abrasive pads or anything else that may scratch the glass.
- Do clean the tracks and weepholes (tiny holes in the window frame that allow necessary drainage to occur) with a dry paintbrush or vacuum brush attachment.
- Don’t use oil-based lubricants on tracks as they can damage weepholes.
Not only will a fresh coat of paint keep wooden and metal frames looking great, but the paint also acts as a protective element against weather conditions such as ice, snow, sun and rain. Frames should be repainted every three years. If you’ll be taking on this task yourself, be mindful to apply the paint on a clean surface with the window propped open. Avoid accidentally painting over moving parts as you don’t want the window to get stuck.
3. Inspect for damages
Damaged parts can reduce the energy efficiency and security of your home or business. Once or twice a year, examine all windows and glass doors for possible damages. If the rubber sealing is wearing away, it needs to be re-caulked. If any hardware is broken, it should be replaced. Splinters or holes in the frame should be fixed promptly and cracked or broken glass needs immediate attention.
When Your Glass Windows or Doors Get Damaged
If a window needs repair or replacement at your Scarborough home or business, Ace Glass Inc can be there in a jiffy to fix it right up. We’ve been serving the GTA for more than fifteen years providing you with excellent customer service and competitive prices. Call us today for a free estimate or to schedule an appointment.