How To Care For Your Custom Windows and Doors

It can be tough to choose the right custom windows and doors for your Winnipeg, MB home. So once you pick them out and have them installed, it makes sense that you would want to take good care of them. Also, your doors and windows make your home’s first impression, protect your home, and play a part in your home’s energy efficiency, and therefore deserve proper care and maintenance.  

Learn more about how to care for wood, fiberglass, and wrought iron custom doors and windows front doors to keep them beautiful for years to come.  

Wood  

Wood windows doors are naturally beautiful and charming, but they do require a lot of maintenance. They should be sealed before or immediately after being installed to make the maintenance easier, and should be inspected on all six sides every year to catch problems before they become so bad that you need to replace them. Clean a wood door or window by:  

  • Brushing off all surfaces with a dust brush or dry rag 
  • Using a wood polish to help stained wood glow 
  • Cleaning glass with a glass cleaner or mixture of vinegar and water  
  • Wiping the hardware using a cloth, warm water, and a diluted mild soap solution. 

Remember that wood doors and windows exposed to harsh sunlight will need to be inspected more often than those covered by an overhang or porch. Also, wood front doors painted with lighter colors or stains will last longer than those painted or stained with darker colors.  

Fiberglass  

Fiberglass windows and doors are very popular as they hold up well even in the face of extreme climates or harsh weather. They don’t warp, crack or rot like wood can and they don’t rust, scratch or corrode like steel. As with all windows and doors, fiberglass options connect with the outside elements and therefore need regular cleanings to help prevent erosion or problems with the finish from overexposure to wind, rain, snow and debris. Use a mild soap mixed with water to clean them, making sure to also wipe down hardware. Replace weather-stripping and hinges as necessary, and read the manual for your specific fiberglass custom windows and doors for more maintenance details.  

Wrought Iron  

Wrought iron windows doors are iconic in appearance, and evoke an old-world romantic charm. However, wrought iron has very little carbon content and is therefore vulnerable to rusting if the paint is not properly maintained. Don’t worry though, because all you have to do is stay on top of regular maintenance to keep a wrought iron doors and windows beautiful.  Perform the following once a month: 

  • Combine a teaspoon of any vegetable-based soap water 
  • Wipe the doors from top to bottom with the solution and a low-lint cloth  
  • Wipe off any residue using a water damp cloth 
  • Gently dry the door or window with a second low-lint cloth  

Contact Pioneer Window & Door Mfg Ltd by visiting 3224 Portage Ave Winnipeg, MB R3K 0Y8 or calling (204) 889-8422 to learn more about the best ways to care for your Winnipeg, MB custom windows and doors.  

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