Timber window and timber door maintenance tips for continued performance
December 14, 2023 | Blog
When manufactured to the highest standards, timber windows deliver amazing thermal performance, energy efficiency and are expected to last up to 60 years. What’s more, they need just a little bit of maintenance and care to remain at top condition.
In this blog, we’ll explore what can sometimes happen when timber windows and doors aren’t properly cared for. Plus, we’ll offer our expertise on how to maintain one of the fundamental elements of any window’s performance – the hardware.
Read on for more.
Importance of maintaining timber windows and timber doors
Ultimately, properly maintaining wooden windows and doors can help to preserve their durability to ensure top quality performance and a long lifespan.
However, an incredibly important thing to remember is that the level of maintenance that’s required will be different for each supplier, depending on the types of treatment and protection that has been applied to the wood.
We’d always recommend checking with your supplier before undertaking any cleaning or maintenance to make sure you don’t cause unnecessary damage to your wooden window or door frames.
To help, we have created a blog which looks specifically at cleaning and maintaining timber windows and doors. To find out more click here.
Maintenance tips for timber windows and doors
While regular cleaning helps to make sure your timber windows and doors look fantastic for years to come, the maintenance of the moving parts is crucial for seamless functionality and shouldn’t be forgotten.
To guarantee optimum product performance, we’d suggest proper maintenance of the operational hardware and ironmongery added to your timber windows and doors.
Wooden window and door styles and their maintenance needs
With various wooden window and door styles, there is a range of elements to consider depending on which products are installed in your home.
At Bereco, the majority of our windows and doors come with high-security espagnolette locking mechanisms and corrosion-resistant fittings that deliver exceptional performance. While most are self-lubricating and always treated before they’re delivered, they will require some cleaning and maintenance over their lifespan.
Entrance and French doors
All locking points and hinge pins on Bereco entrance or French doors should be lubricated with an acid-free non-resinous grease or oil at six to 12 month intervals.
Bifold and patio doors
The running track must be kept clean and clear to ensure trouble-free sliding and locking. The track should be lubricated with an acid-free non-resinous grease or oil at six to 12 month intervals.
Flush casement and lipped casement windows
All hinges should be checked annually and cleaned of dirt and debris and lubricated with non-resinous grease or oil. Locking points should also be lubricated every 12 months.
Sliding sash windows
If timber sash windows aren’t opened for a long time it may be necessary to lightly grease the fastener(s) and restrictor mechanism. To do this use an acid-free non-resinous grease or oil. A light application of a silicone spray will also be needed in the balance channel for windows operated on spiral balances.
Tilt and turn windows
All moving parts of the window should be lubricated with an acid-free non-resinous grease or oil once a year.
External fittings and ironmongery
To help reduce the possibility of corrosion clean handles, letter plates, door knockers or numerals every six months. Use warm soapy water and a dried soft lint-free cloth to do the job.
If you live in a coastal location, we’d recommend adding a corrosion preventative after cleaning but make sure to avoid the timber and its coating.
Always remember to refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines received when the products were delivered before completing any cleaning or maintenance to the fittings or ironmongery.
Regular cleaning of timber windows and doors
As mentioned above, the maintenance and care for wooden windows and doors can be different for each supplier so do your research to make sure you don’t damage parts of the product as it can massively impact its durability and performance.
If you are looking for some more information on how to clean and maintain your timber windows and doors, we’ve developed our own guide including details on everything from when to maintain your windows and doors to redecoration, using our specialist care sets and more. Click here to find out more.
Maintenance of Bereco timber windows and doors
At Bereco, all of our products are made to last up to 60 years and beyond. We are incredibly passionate about delivering the finest quality products which stand the test of time, so we carefully select every component and finish that we use during the manufacturing process.
Unlike traditional style timber windows, Bereco wooden windows are incredibly low maintenance. In addition to being redecorated up to 10 years after they were first installed, they only require being wiped down with a cleaning solution once or twice a year.
If you think your existing timber windows and doors are overdue an upgrade, get in touch with our team today. With a broad range of high quality window designs and styles as well as entrance doors, French doors and bi-folds, we can help you to find the perfect match for your home.