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Your Glazing Maintenance Checklist

22.01.24

No matter whether it’s windows, skylights or an entire glass building envelope, a lot of time, resources and money can be spent on glazing your property.

This is because the right glazing can have a number of key benefits for your building and its inhabitants, but only when it is looked after properly.

Yet all too often (unless a window is actually smashed) glazing maintenance goes neglected.

However, if you want to keep your glazing stylish and functional, you need to look after it and to help you do just that, we’ve created this glazing maintenance checklist.

So there really is no excuse for dirty, damaged or neglected glazing on your property.

1. Regular cleaning

One of the simplest ways to look after your glazing is to ensure that it is cleaned regularly.

Depending on the size and location of the glass, you may be able to do this yourself. If not, you might need to hire a professional window cleaner. This is usually the case for larger buildings with glazing envelopes.

Whatever the case may be, make sure to clean both the interior and exterior, using a mild soapy solution or a glass cleaner.

At the same time, be sure to pay attention to the frames and sills, removing any dirt or debris that may have built up there.

It’s a good idea to clean your windows in this way every couple of months. But for larger building envelopes where this is not always possible, two times a year is advised.

2. Inspect hardware and mechanisms

Glazing can be made up of different hardware and mechanisms depending on its nature and use, so it’s important that you also frequently check these elements.

This doesn’t have to be a big job, just every couple of months take a look at the caulking and any seals to make sure these are still functional and not letting water in. If any of these have become damaged or worn away, make sure to re-seal your glazing right away.

You should also inspect the hinges and latches on windows and doors, making sure they still operate smoothly. If they are stiff, you can lubricate moving parts with a silicone-based lubricant to prevent this worsening.

Finally, ensure that all locks and handles are functioning correctly. This might involve tightening any loose screws and replacing any faulty hardware.

3. Inspect the glass

Whilst inspecting all the hardware you should also check all glass for cracks or chips. To do this, inspect the glass surfaces for any visible cracks, chips or scratches and be sure to replace any damaged glass promptly.

4. Check for condensation

You can do this on a more regular basis as you use the property, always being careful to monitor for any signs of condensation, particularly between double-pane windows. This can indicate a seal failure so if condensation is present, consider replacing the affected glass unit.

5. Get the professionals in

If you’re concerned about any of the above or you’re unable to inspect all glazing yourself, you can get the professional contractors in to do this for you.

Although it might cost you an initial fee, it’s better than leaving this until it’s too late and having to replace glazing or mechanisms that have become damaged beyond repair. This can be far more expensive and inconvenient.

6. Repair or replace damaged windows or mechanisms right away

We’ve already touched on this in some of the sections above, but just to reiterate, if something is damaged don’t leave it to get worse!

Act right away.

Whether that means doing it yourself or getting in a specialist, it’s important that you replace any damaged or compromised glass or components as soon as possible.

This ensures that the problem doesn’t get any worse or cause bigger problems further down the line.

7. Prepare for seasonal changes

Finally, another great way to protect and maintain your glazing is to think about seasonal changes and plan accordingly.

For example, you may wish to insulate windows during the winter months with weather stripping or thermal curtains.

You could also trim trees or bushes around your windows to prevent damage during storms and to ensure adequate sunlight.

And don’t forget to clean out debris from window wells and gutters during the autumn months when leaves and other foliage may be dropping.