Category: How To

Simple maintenance for Spring-ready windows

The elements can have a big effect on your windows, particularly over the winter months where wind and rain can take their toll. However even if your frames and glazing are looking a little worse for wear following a cold and wet winter, the good news is that a little maintenance will go a long way. Read on for our top tips to maintain and repair your windows to ensure they’re in tip-top condition.

Add some sparkle

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More often than not, a simple spruce up of the glazed panels will transform your windows from drab to fab. Start by removing any build-up of dirt around the window corners and window sill with a dust-pan brush or toothbrush for any tricky corners.

Follow this by cleaning the panels with a sponge and warm soapy water solution, making sure you gently wipe down both the glazing, surrounding frame and windowsill. A simple solution of water and washing up liquid will do, however try to keep foam to a minimum to avoid unnecessary mess. If you opt for a stronger cleaning solution, then be careful to avoid surrounding areas, as this may damage any paintwork.

For a smear-free finish, wipe away any excess water with a squeegee or micro-fibre cloth and ensure that there is no remaining water left on the surfaces.  

This cleaning process can be repeated on both the inside and outside of your windows, to make them sparkle from every angle.

Take care and repair

Particularly with old windows, you may start to find signs of paint cracking allowing moisture in, which can result in peeling and exposure of the wooden frame to the elements. In time this can result in rot, which if left untreated may mean that you need to replace the entire window frame. To avoid this, make sure you tackle any signs early on. If rot is present, then chisel it out and replace with a filler, before sanding down and repainting. JELD-WEN windows are guaranteed up to 40 years on rot and fungal attack.

Add a splash of colour

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First and foremost, it’s important that you pick a paint that is designed for outdoor use. Although you may have found your dream shade in an interior emulsion, the reality is that the paint won’t be designed to stand up to wear and tear caused by weather, moisture and sun exposure – potentially causing rot and peeling paint.

Instead, choose a Hi-Build microporous paint that will provide long lasting protection from the elements. The good news is that there are a wide range of paint options available, so there is sure to be a shade perfect for you.

Opt for a Dark Red or Sapphire Blue for a statement look, or if you’re after a low-key colour with subtle interest, then go for Pebble Grey or Conservation Green. The joy of painting your windows is that you can be as creative or understated as you like, so don’t be afraid to try something new. If you are repairing a single window, then choose a paint that is the closest match to the windows across the rest of your property.

Before you paint your frames, make sure you remove any previous paint residue and sand the surface with both rough and fine-grit paper, ensuring you wipe down afterwards to remove any residue. For a clean finish, apply masking tape around the glazing panels and surrounding wall, as this will prevent any paint being applied to areas it doesn’t belong.

Replace

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Well-maintained windows should last a number of years, however if you have discovered severe damage, then it may be cheaper in the long run to replace rather than repair. To ensure your windows stay protected, choose a fully finished or stained option that will give a superior finish. Selecting this option will not only increase the lifetime of your windows, but will also guarantee paint finish for up to 10 years – not only reducing decoration costs, but ensuring minimal ongoing maintenance too.

As well as providing an instant facelift for your home, installing new windows can also improve the energy efficiency of your property, so it’s worth looking into the different options available so you can make an informed decision.

To find out about more about our window ranges, including made to measure options, click here.

Beat blue Monday and brighten up your home

To beat those Post-Christmas blues, freshening up your home interior décor can be just the thing to ensure you go into the New Year feeling good. With today being Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year according to researchers – it’s time to start thinking positively about your home. To help you on your way, here are four top tips to revamp your home by painting or changing your existing interior doors… 

1.   Preparation

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First, look at the condition of your current doors and decide if you need to do any touch ups to the surface with wood filler. If you are already happy with the door, then you can move straight onto sanding the entire surface before applying a wood or multi-surface primer. Once the primer has dried you may wish to go back over with sand paper and then apply another coat of primer for an extra smooth foundation. You can do all of this preparation work with the door still attached to the frame, or even better move to a dust free area and lay flat.

2.   Colour Selection

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Once the prep work is done, you are ready to add a splash of colour. Before putting brush to door, think carefully as this is your opportunity to make a feature of the door in its own right, or perhaps choose a subtle complementary colour that will set your room off in just the right way. If you’re unsure of what will work best then cream, sand and ivory are understated neutrals that can add a warmth to your home. Or opt for a grey, which is a safe yet beautiful option.

3.   Painting the Door

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Now the fun can begin and you can start to get your hands dirty and paint your interior doors. Typically, two coats of paint for doors are required with drying time between, but be sure to check your chosen paint type for instructions. Go for nice long and even brush strokes for a professional finish and don’t load your bush with too much paint, or the paint could go on unevenly. A mini roller suitable for gloss paint will also create a smooth end result.

4.   Treat Your Home

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Perhaps your existing interior doors are very old, worn, or you would just like to treat yourself to something new and different. Interior doors – such as JELD-WEN’s new Moulded Newbridge range, which includes a range of designs and glazed options, are primed ready for you to decorate at home. Alternatively, woodgrain moulded doors are available with an option to be fully finished with one coat of undercoat paint and a top coat of gloss, so you can leave all the hard work to the professionals and have the beautiful door you’ve always dreamed of.

To find out more about JELD-WEN’s interior doors ranges visit www.jeld-wen.co.uk/products/interior-doors/products/