Aluminium Windows

Windows are an essential part of any home as they maximise natural light and fresh air while keeping the elements at bay. Aluminium door and window frames are popular due to their durability and sleek design, but like any component of your home, they do still require maintenance to keep them in top shape. Neglecting to maintain your aluminium windows can lead to problems such as corrosion, drafts, and water leaks, which are costly to repair.

Maintaining your windows doesn’t need to be a daunting task! With these simple tips and tricks, you can keep yours looking and functioning well for years to come. In this blog post, we’ll share some valuable tips and tricks for keeping your aluminium door and window frames in top shape.

Let’s dive in. 

How To Identify Signs Of Damage & Defects

Like any house fixture, aluminium doors and windows are prone to damage and defects over time. Identifying signs of potential damage early can save you time, money, and frustration down the line.

One of the most common warning signs is visible cracks or chips on the glass. These can occur due to weather conditions or impact from external factors like tree branches or hailstones. If left unchecked, these cracks can spread and compromise the structural integrity of your aluminium doors and windows, leading to water leaks or drafts.

Another warning sign is difficulty in opening or closing the window, which could be due to warped frames, rust, damaged hinges, or debris buildup in the tracks. Other signs can be less apparent, such as a random increase in your energy bill or drafts entering your home. As soon as you notice any of these signs, address it promptly to prevent further damage or contact a professional.

Cleaning Methods & Materials For Aluminium Window Frames

Cleaning your aluminium doors and windows is important for maintaining appearance and functionality. However, when cleaning aluminium surfaces, it’s important to use the right materials and methods to avoid scratching or damaging the surface.

Begin by removing any loose dirt or debris with a soft cloth or vacuum cleaner. Then, mix a mild cleaning solution of warm water and non-abrasive cleaner, such as vinegar or a mild detergent (only use minimal detergent with a pH level of 7 or less). Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials.

Next, apply the cleaning solution to the aluminium surface using a soft sponge. Remember not to use steel wool as it will damage the aluminium surface and nearby paint.

Wipe from the top to bottom in small sections, making sure to wash the roller tracks, drain holes, and joints to remove grime deposits, dirt, and other debris that could lead to corrosion or damage.

Rinse the windows thoroughly with clean warm water, then dry them with a lint-free cloth to prevent water spots on the glass parts and frame. To maintain beautifully clean aluminium windows and doors, we recommend conducting small cleans on a regular basis. Do a more in-depth wash of the locking system, joints, and tracks twice a year.

How To Fix Or Replace Aluminium Window Components 

Over time, aluminium windows or doors can develop loose parts or worn-out components, leading to decreased functionality and potential safety hazards. Some common issues include loose handles, damaged seals, broken hinges, or malfunctioning locking systems.

Begin by identifying the problem areas and assessing the severity of the damage. In some cases, you might be able to solve the problem by tightening loose screws or lubricating the hinges, but in more severe cases the damaged component might need to be replaced.

If you’re unsure of how to fix the issue, it is best to seek professional help. The team of specialists at Gallagher Bros can help identify the problem and implement the appropriate solution, whether it be replacing your window frames or fixing them correctly and safely.

Why Maintaining Your Aluminium Doors & Windows Is Important For Energy Efficiency

Even the smallest crack or gap in your window or door frames can significantly impact the energy efficiency of your home, which could lead to unwanted drafts and higher energy bills. In addition to obvious financial benefits, maintaining your aluminium doors and windows also helps to prolong their lifespan, ensuring you get the most value out of your investment.

Check out this aluminium window before and after case study – you’ll see how much more energy efficient the new windows are! By performing the maintenance tasks outlined in this blog you can prevent rust and grime build up that causes air leaks, therefore guaranteeing a more energy-efficient home for years to come. 

Recap & Other Tips For Homeowners

  1. Inspect Regularly: Check your window glass and aluminium frames often for signs of damage, such as cracks or gaps, that could affect their structural integrity.
  2. Remove Debris: Clear any debris, such as leaves or twigs, from the tracks of your sliding doors or windows to ensure smooth operation.
  3. Regular Cleaning: Regularly wipe down your aluminium frames with a soft cloth and mild soap solution to remove dirt, grease, and grime build-up.
  4. Don’t Use Abrasive Cleaners: Avoid using harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaners or tools that could scratch or damage the frames, glass, or nearby paint.
  5. Replace Seals: Replace any worn or damaged seals to prevent drafts and improve energy efficiency.
  6. Check the Locks: Make sure your locks are working correctly to ensure security.
  7. Repair Damage Promptly: Address any damage to your aluminium window frames and doors as soon as possible to prevent it from getting worse.
  8. Hire a Professional: Consider having a professional inspect any issues you’re unsure about.

Outdoors view of aluminium windows

Aluminium Window & Door Replacement

With over 46 years of experience under our belt, we’re Brisbane’s aluminium window and door installation specialists. Whether you’re in need of new aluminium windows or doors or need help replacing existing ones, the experts at Gallagher Brothers are here to help. Get started with your free quote here!