Caring for Aluminum Doors and Windows
Increasing Your Windows and Doors’ Lifespan
Regular care and maintenance of your aluminum doors and windows will help increase their life expectancy. Routine maintenance every 3 months should suffice unless your home is near the coast, which may require more frequent maintenance. Salt, sand, and dirt buildup can cause corrosion, and salt buildup can permanently scar the glass so it is important to remove all buildup.
- Clean casement and project –out/awning operators with a mild soap solution and a soft rag.
- Clean frames and glass with a mixture of mild soap and water, wipe dry with soft cloth.
- Tracks and sills should be cleaned and debris vacuumed away regularly.
- Weep holes should be free of debris.
- Swing door hinges and hardware should be wiped clean of sand, salt and debris.
Use gentle cleaners, avoiding citrus or vinegar based cleaners, cleaners with a high PH, or cleaners that are abrasive. Likewise, avoid using abrasive scrubbing pads, industrial strength solutions, paint/lacquer thinners, or pressure cleaners.
- Inspect weather stripping to ensure an even seal around the perimeter. Replace if crimped or dislodged.
- After cleaning, it is important to lubricate all moving parts, operator arm, hinges, and locks. Be sure to use a lubricant that is approved by the manufacturer.
- After cleaning, apply light marine or car wax to the frames only (not the glass) to help maintain colorfastness and prevent chalking.
When lubricating your windows and doors check to make sure that the lubricants are approved. Silicone based sprays and lubricants can cause some parts to become brittle, so it is best to avoid these.