If you’ve decided to invest in double glazed windows or doors for their vast range of benefits, you’ll want to take the best care of them so that you get the most out of them. Double glazed glass keeps your space warmer in winter, cooler in summer, and reduces condensation, noise and energy costs. It’s an investment you’ll want to protect, and it’s relatively easy to do. Read on and find out how to maintain your double glazing to get the most out of it.
How does double glazing work?
It’s helpful to know how double glazing works to understand the best maintenance approach. The double glazing process is simple - two panels of glass are filled with a gas which keeps homes more energy-efficient and reduces sounds. The gas is a poor heat conductor and keeps warm air from escaping, while the second panel of glass acts as a barrier to noise.
How do I check for problems?
If you want your double glazing to last the distance, there are a few simple steps you can take to spot any problems and lessen the cost of repairs over the lifetime of your windows. It’s a good idea to regularly check seals around the windows and doors when you’re cleaning windows, and keep an eye out for any gaps or ruptures, as the gas can escape and ambient air can enter. If you notice any cracking, crumbling or splitting at the edges, have them repaired by a specialist. If there’s any cracks or chips in your glass, it’s best to have these repaired as soon as possible too.
What are the maintenance steps?
1. Check for any damage - keep an eye on little chips or cracks to ensure they don’t turn into bigger problems
2. Remove dust by gently vacuuming around the window or door frame
3. Use a soft damp cloth to wipe away any dirt or grime
4. With a mild soap detergent and wash glass with a soft cloth
5. Use a small brush or toothbrush to get into corners and clean them thoroughly
6. For a streak-free finish use a squeegee, dry cloth or paper towel and dry the surface
How often do they need to be cleaned?
Overall double glazed windows and doors are very easy to maintain and it doesn’t take any extra work or effort than it would with cleaning standard windows. Regular washing and drying of glass and frames is recommended every 3-6 months for long term durability.
Is there anything else I need to be aware of?
Other than any visible cracks in problems in the seals or glass, keep an eye on increasing levels of condensation, an unusual increase in power bills, noticeable draughts around your windows, and any water leakage - in which case get in touch with a specialist. For the most part, these shouldn’t be an issue and regular simple maintenance will keep your double glazing looking great and lasting a very long time.
Want to find out more about investing in or maintaining double glazing? Contact Ryan Double Glazing today, Mt Maunganui’s double glazing specialists.