There are a wide range of benefits that come with investing in aluminium doors and windows. For example, no other material can beat the incredible durability in the face of even the harshest Gold Coast weather conditions. In addition, they are versatile, energy efficient and can be made to fit many sizes and designs. They are also powder-coated to many different colours. Overall, aluminium doors and windows are rather low maintenance, but that doesn’t mean you should forgo taking care of them at all.
The Importance of Maintenance
The fact of the matter is that while aluminium is a great material to use, it can corrode. Once the corrosion process starts, it spirals and can be hard to stop. Gold Coast residents are especially at risk if they do not take the time to properly care for their aluminium doors and windows, sills, tracks and frames. The closer you get to the salty ocean air, the more apparent corrosion can be.
You should also not forget about things like locks, latches, drop bolts and rollers. Your aluminium hinges can become very stiff over time, making them more and more difficult to open.
Check out our tips below on maintenance.
Clean the Glass
The first thing you should do is to make sure the glass parts of the doors are clean and free from dirt or debris. The most effective way to clean this glass is just with a bit of detergent and clean water. Anything too harsh may scratch the surface.
Unclog the Tracks
It is important to make sure that roller tracks, drain holes, and other elements are all cleaned and unclogged of debris. If these areas are clogged, they are even more likely to experience corrosion. Try using a vacuum to suck up any hard debris or set-in dirt. You should only use mild, soapy water with a soft sponge or cloth. Don’t use anything sharp to get debris out of the tracks as it can damage them as well as the powder coating.
Wash the Frame
The frame should be washed the same way as the tracks, with a soft cloth or sponge and minimal detergent use. Do not use any harsh soap. When you rinse the soap off, do so lightly but make sure you get all of the soap off. When you are done, make sure to dry everything with a clean, dry cloth to prevent further corrosion or damage from the dried water.
Lubricate Hardware Components
Use a straw applicator to lubricate anything like locks, handles and roller assemblies, with a wet silicone spray. It is also a good idea to apply lubrication to joints and hinges to keep them moving smoothly.
How Often Should I Maintain?
If you live within 8 km from the coast, you should clean and inspect your aluminium doors and windows monthly. You should have a professional inspect and maintain your windows about once a year for optimum results and extended life.
You’ll know it’s time to replace your windows or doors if they have corroded beyond repair.
For more expert advice on maintaining your aluminium doors and windows, don’t hesitate to contact Southern Cross Windows on the Gold Coast.