How to Care for uPVC Doors in Winter
Posted on February 4, 2016
The popularity of uPVC as a construction material for domestic doors and windows has steadily grown over the last five years. This is largely because it involves significantly less maintenance than materials like wood or aluminium. It does not need to be repainted, resealed, or specially treated to keep the elements out. In fact, the level of upkeep associated with uPVC doors is minimal.
If you want your uPVC doors to last as long as possible, however, you are advised to carry out a very small amount of cleaning and maintenance. This will help your fixtures to perform at their very best, especially during the colder months of the year when strong winds and rain can test the strength of external barriers.
Cleaning on the Outside
If you do decide to install uPVC doors, they will need to be cleaned twice a year. This not only makes sure that they are functioning properly – and that all seals are intact – but also that they look appealing. During the winter, dirt, loose leaves, and debris can all end up sticking to front and back doors and decreasing their aesthetic value. The best cleaning solution is a simple mixture of mild soap and water. However, for a little more power (if you are dealing with caked on grime), add a few drops of white vinegar to the mixture. The ingredient is a tough, but completely natural, cleaning agent, so it will not damage the surface of the door.
Cleaning on the Inside
When it comes to cleaning the inside of your uPVC doors, skip the vinegar (unless the room is well ventilated) and use a soap and water solution to gently rub away dirt, grime, and fingerprints on the inside surfaces. This should not take long or too much effort, because uPVC doors have a user friendly wipe clean exterior.
Inspecting Your Doors
It is recommended that you give the hinges and other working components on the doors a quick visual inspection twice a year. Once again, it should only take a few seconds; all you need to do is examine the components and then listen for squeaks and friction as you move the door in the frame. If your doors are very squeaky, pick up some metal lubricant and add a little to the hinges. You should find that the squeak disappears in moments and your door swings much more easily. A good way to prevent hinge problems is keeping your window open just a little for as long as you can during the day – even if it is only a slither.
Taking Care of the Locks
The intricate locking mechanisms on the inside of the door need to be regularly lubricated as well, although regularly does only mean twice a year. You can, of course, add more lubricant during the winter, if the mechanisms seize up or grind together. This is also a great time to give the tightness of the screws a quick once over too. They can be inspected with a simple touch test, so do take a few moments to make sure that your uPVC doorsare in tip top condition this winter.
If you think you need a new uPVC door why not contact us via email or, call 01473 400022 to talk to an advisor and request an estimate for uPVC replacements in your home.