Storm Agnes – Check Your Windows and Doors before and after the storm
It’s essential to perform regular maintenance and cleaning on uPVC windows to ensure they remain in good condition and continue to provide energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal. Here are some general cleaning and maintenance tips for uPVC windows, especially in preparation for harsh weather like Storm Agnes:
Signs That Maintenance Is Needed:
- Leaks allowing water in
- Excessive noise penetration
- Yellowing of uPVC
- Visible damage, especially to seals
- Difficulty in opening, closing, or locking
- Condensation between panes of glass
Visual Inspection Before Storm:
- Ensure windows open and close smoothly.
- Check exterior conditions for cracks in the glass, damaged seals, and edge sealing.
- Examine the pointing on roof tiles for gaps.
- Inspect guttering for proper attachment and security.
Reseal Edges of Windows and Doors:
- Regularly check for gaps and cracks around windows.
- Replace worn-out rubber seals.
- Use caulk or rubber-foam insulation to fix gaps.
- Reseal uPVC windows every 5 years using sealant available in various colors from DIY outlets.
Replace Broken Seals on Double Glazing:
- Call experts to replace broken seals, cracked windows causing condensation, draughts, or leaks. See our replacement glass page to learn more
- Seals can fail due to age, pressure washing, or the use of strong chemicals.
- Some window seals can be replaced individually, while others may require glass replacement to restore the insulating gas between panes.
Address Damaged Components:
- Fix cracks, tight locks, and sticky or hard-to-open windows and doors as soon as possible.
- Early detection makes these problems easier to resolve with basic tools and maintenance guides.
Remember, regular maintenance helps prevent more significant issues and ensures your uPVC windows and doors remain efficient and functional. When in doubt or if problems persist, consult with a double glazing expert to assess the necessary repairs.
- Clean your uPVC windows regularly, ideally at least twice a year.
- Use a mild detergent mixed with warm water and a soft cloth or sponge for cleaning.
- Avoid abrasive cleaners or scouring pads that can scratch the uPVC surface.
- Pay close attention to frames, sills, and corners where dirt and grime tend to accumulate.
For more detailed instruction on maintain your uPVC windows and doors click here to view our Maintenance Guide
Regular maintenance and cleaning will not only keep your uPVC windows looking new but also extend their lifespan and maintain their energy efficiency. Before a major storm like Agnes hits our shores, taking extra precautions to secure your windows and doors is crucial to prevent potential damage and leaks.
After the storms have passed, it is worth taking the time to complete the review of your property to assess any damage that has occurred. If you find damage and require any replacement windows or doors please check our customer transformations by clicking here or take a look at our extensive range of casement windows, sliding sash windows, and Timber alternate windows and door options.