Are aluminium windows and doors easy to maintain?

by | Jan 31, 2022 | Homeowner Advice, Resource Centre

Aluminium windows and doors have become a popular choice for consumers looking to add modern, contemporary aesthetics to their home.  By nature, the slim profile design of aluminium windows and doors allows for a larger glass area which makes them an attractive option for allowing natural light to stream into your property.  Inherently strong, aluminium windows and doors remain a very popular choice.

But are aluminium windows and doors easy to maintain – the short answer is yes; aluminium windows and doors are easy to maintain. Even better, well-maintained aluminium windows and doors look better, are easier to use and last longer.

As with all windows and doors, maintaining aluminium windows and doors involves cleaning them and making sure all the moving parts are working well. You don’t need any specialist equipment or knowledge to do this.
In an ideal world, you’ll clean your aluminium windows and doors every couple of months and check the moving parts once or twice a year. If you live on a busy street or exposed or coastal location, you might like to make this routine a bit more frequent because of the extra build-up you’ll have. However, the strength and durability of aluminium means that even if you don’t maintain your window and door frames as often as you should, no lasting damage should occur.
Here’s what you’ll need to think about when you’re cleaning and maintaining your aluminium windows and doors.

This is how easy aluminium windows and doors are to keep clean

When it comes to washing your aluminium windows and doors, here’s what we suggest.
Start by removing any obvious dust, cobwebs or dirt using a soft, dry brush.
To wash the glass, you can use specialist glass cleaner or warm soapy water and a soft sponge, a soft cloth or a squeegee. Rinse the glass using clean, warm water and a soft sponge, a soft cloth or a squeegee. Dry the glass with a dry cloth or old newspaper.
To clean the frames, use warm water and a mild detergent that’s suitable for cleaning metal surfaces. Gently wipe down the frames with a non-abrasive sponge or cloth. You can apply a little more pressure on stubborn marks, but don’t scrub, use an abrasive sponge or scourer, bleach, harsh chemicals or abrasive cream cleaners. These could all permanently damage the powder coating of your aluminium window frames, which will affect their appearance and their durability.

This is how easy aluminium windows and doors are to maintain

To maintain the moving parts on your aluminium windows, check all fixings and tighten them as necessary. Use a light oil or graphite powder to lubricate moving parts, including locks. However, don’t lubricate the sliding friction blocks. If you need to adjust these, there’s a small screw in the block you should use. If you have two or more friction stays in a window, adjust them both by the same amount so you don’t twist your window frame.
You should follow the same routine to maintain the moving parts on your aluminium doors. If you have aluminium bifold doors or sliding doors, it’s also very important to check the bottom track.
You need to make sure it is clear from debris such as dirt, leaves or small stones. These could all affect the smooth operation of your door or even cause damage, which is why it is important to check regularly.

Getting advice from your installer about maintaining aluminium doors and windows

We hope this brief guide has helped to show you how easy aluminium windows and doors are to maintain. You should also talk to your installer to ask for any specific advice about maintaining your aluminium windows and doors. They’ll be happy to share their wisdom and experience so you can get the most from your new products.
That’s especially the case when you choose Capital Windows. We’ve been manufacturing and installing the latest generation, innovative and technologically advanced windows, doors, bifolding doors and glazed home improvement solutions from our Uxbridge factory for over 40 years. Our products are fitted in thousands of homes across London and South East. We’re always happy to talk to our customers and share our knowledge about how to keep your aluminium doors and windows looking and performing at their best.
To talk about aluminium doors and windows for your home, get in touch today.